Copyright (c) 2015 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/news Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:34:28 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/news <![CDATA[Webinar March 10 on I-Joist Assemblies]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:27:39 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73987/webinar-march-10-on-i-joist-assemblies http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73987/webinar-march-10-on-i-joist-assemblies ScottG
The free session will cover the use of fire-protective membranes in residential floor systems. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73987/webinar-march-10-on-i-joist-assemblies
<![CDATA[Researchers at Work on a New Refrigerator]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:41:42 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73815/researchers-at-work-on-a-new-refrigerator http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73815/researchers-at-work-on-a-new-refrigerator Researchers at Work on a New Refrigerator Posted by ScottG
Using a new type of compressor, they hope to reduce energy consumption by about 40%, to less than 1kwh per day. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73815/researchers-at-work-on-a-new-refrigerator
<![CDATA[Stone Fabricators Get Health Warning]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:55:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73731/stone-fabricators-get-health-warning http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73731/stone-fabricators-get-health-warning Stone Fabricators Get Health Warning Posted by ScottG
Two federal health agencies warn stone fabricators that exposure to crystalline silica can cause serious disabling and sometimes fatal disease. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73731/stone-fabricators-get-health-warning
<![CDATA[Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:47:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73511/maine-school-chooses-the-passivhaus-route http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73511/maine-school-chooses-the-passivhaus-route Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route Posted by ScottG
In need of a new home, a Montessori school in Belfast is raising money for a $1.2 million school that would open in time for fall classes. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73511/maine-school-chooses-the-passivhaus-route
<![CDATA[Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Can't Keep Up]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:57:26 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73507/plastic-production-rises-but-recycling-cant-keep-up http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73507/plastic-production-rises-but-recycling-cant-keep-up Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Can't Keep Up Posted by ScottG
Production continues its 50-year trend upward, but millions of pounds of plastics end up in landfills and the oceans. Post-consumer recycling remains anemic. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73507/plastic-production-rises-but-recycling-cant-keep-up
<![CDATA[Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:03:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73168/giant-geothermal-only-community-in-the-works http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73168/giant-geothermal-only-community-in-the-works Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works Posted by ScottG
Every one of the 1800 housing units will be heated and cooled by a ground-source heat pump. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73168/giant-geothermal-only-community-in-the-works
<![CDATA[EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:20:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73114/epa-tightens-rules-for-wood-burning-heaters http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73114/epa-tightens-rules-for-wood-burning-heaters EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters Posted by ScottG
The new emissions standards, which will be phased in over time, also cover indoor and outdoor boilers, forced-air furnaces and pellet stoves. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73114/epa-tightens-rules-for-wood-burning-heaters
<![CDATA[New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:51:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73015/new-standards-proposed-for-gas-furnaces http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73015/new-standards-proposed-for-gas-furnaces New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces Posted by ScottG
The minimum efficiency will rise to 92% under a Department of Energy plan, so you say "so long" to conventional furnaces. The rules would take effect in 2021. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73015/new-standards-proposed-for-gas-furnaces
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:05:13 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72914/buildingenergy-conference-scheduled-for-march-3-5 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72914/buildingenergy-conference-scheduled-for-march-3-5 BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5 Posted by ScottG
Organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, this annual event includes workshops, speakers, and a trade show. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72914/buildingenergy-conference-scheduled-for-march-3-5
<![CDATA[LEED's Top 10 List]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 07:50:02 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72678/leeds-top-10-list http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72678/leeds-top-10-list LEED's Top 10 List Posted by ScottG
Illinois tops national rankings for certified commercial and industrial space for the second year running ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72678/leeds-top-10-list
<![CDATA[Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:26:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72669/nest-thermostat-pays-for-itself-in-two-years-studies-find http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72669/nest-thermostat-pays-for-itself-in-two-years-studies-find Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find Posted by ScottG
The smart thermostats are pricey, but three studies back the manufacturer's claims of energy savings. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72669/nest-thermostat-pays-for-itself-in-two-years-studies-find
<![CDATA[Is Net-Zero Energy in McDonald's Future?]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:32:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72642/is-net-zero-energy-in-mcdonalds-future http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72642/is-net-zero-energy-in-mcdonalds-future Is Net-Zero Energy in McDonald's Future? Posted by ScottG
The restaurant chain studies the feasibility of opening net-zero restaurants in three U.S. cities. Though possible, it's no easy feat. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72642/is-net-zero-energy-in-mcdonalds-future
<![CDATA[Nation's Largest Furniture Manufacturer Fined Over Safety Violations]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 09:15:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72640/nations-largest-furniture-manufacturer-fined-over-safety-violations http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72640/nations-largest-furniture-manufacturer-fined-over-safety-violations Nation's Largest Furniture Manufacturer Fined Over Safety Violations Posted by ScottG
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has doled out $1.7 million in fines to a Wisconsin-based furniture maker, citing a long record of safety violations and injuries among workers. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72640/nations-largest-furniture-manufacturer-fined-over-safety-violations
<![CDATA[New Efficiency Standards for Gas Fireplaces and Fluorescent Lamps]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:24:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72520/new-efficiency-standards-for-gas-fireplaces-and-fluorescent-lamps http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72520/new-efficiency-standards-for-gas-fireplaces-and-fluorescent-lamps New Efficiency Standards for Gas Fireplaces and Fluorescent Lamps Posted by ScottG
The Department of Energy wants to dump pilot lights that burn continuously in gas fireplaces and to bring on more-efficient fluorescent lamps. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72520/new-efficiency-standards-for-gas-fireplaces-and-fluorescent-lamps
<![CDATA[Solar Leasing Hopes for a Toehold in the South]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:26:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72477/solar-leasing-hopes-for-a-toehold-in-the-south http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72477/solar-leasing-hopes-for-a-toehold-in-the-south Solar Leasing Hopes for a Toehold in the South Posted by ScottG
The Georgia Legislature is considering a bill that would allow third-party ownership for solar electric systems. In Florida, a citizens' group is seeking to overturn a ban at the ballot box. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72477/solar-leasing-hopes-for-a-toehold-in-the-south
<![CDATA[New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:01:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72450/new-york-now-requires-truss-warning-on-buildings http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72450/new-york-now-requires-truss-warning-on-buildings New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings Posted by ScottG
Signs must be posted at houses where roof trusses have been used so that firefighters have a better idea of what to expect in case of fire. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72450/new-york-now-requires-truss-warning-on-buildings
<![CDATA[Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:56:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72442/minnesota-builders-try-to-block-sprinkler-law http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72442/minnesota-builders-try-to-block-sprinkler-law Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law Posted by ScottG
Minnesota becomes the fourth state in the country to require fire sprinklers in some new houses, but a builders' association has gone to court in an attempt to delay the new law. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72442/minnesota-builders-try-to-block-sprinkler-law
<![CDATA[IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:42:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72413/irs-now-requires-small-wind-turbines-to-be-certified http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72413/irs-now-requires-small-wind-turbines-to-be-certified IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified Posted by ScottG
The new rule is aimed at weeding out the 'wild assertions' that fringe manufacturers make about the efficiency of their wind generators. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72413/irs-now-requires-small-wind-turbines-to-be-certified
<![CDATA[Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:02:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72400/wisconsin-tightens-net-metering-rules http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72400/wisconsin-tightens-net-metering-rules Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules Posted by ScottG
Regulators permit utilities to settle accounts monthly rather than annually, and pay the wholesale rather than the retail rate. Existing customers are grandfathered for 10 years. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72400/wisconsin-tightens-net-metering-rules
<![CDATA[Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:38:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72213/ontario-to-yank-some-smart-meters http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72213/ontario-to-yank-some-smart-meters Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters Posted by ScottG
The order affects only a small percentage of the millions of meters that have been installed. In Maine, critics appeal a ruling that the meters are safe. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72213/ontario-to-yank-some-smart-meters