Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:16:10 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[Veterans Will Get Training in Solar Technology]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:25:08 -0500 Veterans Will Get Training in Solar Technology Posted by ScottG
Jobs training is one of several White House programs aimed at energy conservation and reducing carbon emissions. ]]>
<![CDATA[BuildingGreen Names Top-10 Products for 2015]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:17:51 -0500 BuildingGreen Names Top-10 Products for 2015 Posted by ScottG
This year's list includes furniture, an air barrier system, Passivhaus-certified windows, and super-adjustable lighting. ]]>
<![CDATA[The House That Shrugs Off an Earthquake]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:41 -0500 The House That Shrugs Off an Earthquake Posted by ScottG
Engineers from two California universities have developed a method of protecting houses from earthquakes that is both effective and relatively inexpensive. Could homeowners forego earthquake insurance? ]]>
<![CDATA[Marvin Wins Business Award]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:50:35 -0500 Marvin Wins Business Award Posted by ScottG
The Minnesota-based company has just received an ethics award from the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals ]]>
<![CDATA[Builder Offers Best-Practices Manual to Public]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:06:22 -0500 Builder Offers Best-Practices Manual to Public Posted by ScottG
Hammer & Hand, a high-end builder in the Pacific Northwest, posts its construction manual online "in the spirit of collaboration" ]]>
<![CDATA[Shea Homes Sued in Washington State]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:06:40 -0500 Shea Homes Sued in Washington State Posted by ScottG
The California-based developer is accused of shoddy workmanship on houses in a 55-and-over resort community in Washington State. Hundreds of houses are affected, according to a lawsuit filed in federal district court. ]]>
<![CDATA[Colorado Town Softens Construction-Defects Law]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:48:18 -0500 Colorado Town Softens Construction-Defects Law Posted by ScottG
Despite protests, Lakewood city officials have made it a little tougher for homeowners to sue builders over construction defects. ]]>
<![CDATA[Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:07:06 -0500 Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations Posted by ScottG
A New Jersey company looks to Sweden for techniques on forming frost-protected slabs faster and with far less labor than conventional foundations ]]>
<![CDATA[This New Door Design Solves an Old Problem]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:29:36 -0500 This New Door Design Solves an Old Problem Posted by ScottG
Canadian students developed an interior door that helps equalize air pressure between adjacent rooms, then they founded a company to market it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Interest in Spray-Foam Insulation Drops]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 10:29:41 -0500 Interest in Spray-Foam Insulation Drops Posted by ScottG
A survey finds the use of spray-foam insulation has declined after a big growth spurt between 2008 and 2012. ]]>
<![CDATA[Separate Showers Are In, Bidets Are Out]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:25:03 -0500 Separate Showers Are In, Bidets Are Out Posted by ScottG
A new survey finds changes in what homeowners want in their bathrooms. Jetted tubs and bidets look to be the big losers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Department of Energy Cites Innovative Builders]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:40:23 -0500 Department of Energy Cites Innovative Builders Posted by ScottG
The government's Housing Innovation Awards recognize builders who are advancing designs that lead to net-zero-energy performance. ]]>
<![CDATA[New York Will Require Notice of Truss Construction]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:49:45 -0500 New York Will Require Notice of Truss Construction Posted by ScottG
The new law is designed to protect firefighters and other emergency personal ]]>
<![CDATA[Department of Energy Seeks Student Designers]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:39:06 -0500 Department of Energy Seeks Student Designers Posted by ScottG
The Race to Zero competition challenges college students and faculty in the U.S. and Canada to design high-performance houses. ]]>
<![CDATA[Displaced Construction Workers Are Finding New Jobs]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:44:17 -0500 Displaced Construction Workers Are Finding New Jobs Posted by ScottG
More than half of those who lost their jobs during the recession have been rehired, but the industry still faces a shortage of skilled workers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Home Depot Confirms Data Breach]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:32:45 -0500 Home Depot Confirms Data Breach Posted by ScottG
The company says malicious software allowed credit-card data to be stolen and focuses on sales made between April and September. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lowe's Finds Top Smart-Home Feature is Enhanced Security]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:22:29 -0500 Lowe's Finds Top Smart-Home Feature is Enhanced Security Posted by ScottG
The home improvement retailer discovers that home security is the top priority for people investing in home automation. Few prefer professionally installed systems over a DIY approach without a monthly fee. ]]>
<![CDATA[Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:22:07 -0500 Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses Posted by ScottG
A Wisconsin technical college builds the first of three Passivhaus structures--a project that connects students in five related disciplines with outside pros ]]>
<![CDATA[Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:35:28 -0500 Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training Posted by ScottG
A training center to open in Los Angeles next year will train union electricians in advanced techniques integral to net-zero-energy technology ]]>
<![CDATA[Turn On the Lights? There's an App for That]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:51:18 -0500 Turn On the Lights? There's an App for That Posted by ScottG
Betting on fresh interest in networked home products, GE launches a light bulb that can be turned on and off with a smartphone. ]]>