Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:00:12 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[A Green Guide for Native Americans]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:46:21 -0500 A Green Guide for Native Americans Posted by ScottG
Government and tribal representatives release a guide to help revive sustainable-building practices for tribal housing ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Building Council Names Home of the Year]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:29:51 -0500 Green Building Council Names Home of the Year Posted by ScottG
The Hawaiian home is the first in the state to be certified under the newest version of LEED ]]>
<![CDATA[Here Are the Basics on Passivhaus]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:10:11 -0500 Here Are the Basics on Passivhaus Posted by ScottG
The North American Passive House Network publishes a free e-book that explains what this building technique is all about ]]>
<![CDATA[Oregon House Wins DOE Award]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:51:20 -0500 Oregon House Wins DOE Award Posted by ScottG
The Passivhaus-certified home has won a preliminary Housing Innovation Award from the Department of Energy and is now in the running as a finalist ]]>
<![CDATA[Google Launches Solar Estimator]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:46:14 -0500 Google Launches Solar Estimator Posted by ScottG
Project Sunroof estimates the amount of available rooftop space for solar panels, and how much energy they would generate ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Probably OK to Store Wood Pellets Inside]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:51:32 -0500 It's Probably OK to Store Wood Pellets Inside Posted by ScottG
A university study finds pellets stored in homes do not seem to off-gas dangerous levels of carbon monoxide ]]>
<![CDATA[Australian Startup Launches a Prefab Passivhaus Line]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:56:27 -0500 Australian Startup Launches a Prefab Passivhaus Line Posted by ScottG
The structures are made from steel-skinned panels and metal frames. High hopes, but no paying customers yet. ]]>
<![CDATA[California Construction Execs Off to Jail]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:24:38 -0500 California Construction Execs Off to Jail Posted by ScottG
They will spend two years in prison in connection with the death of a day laborer who was killed when an excavation collapsed ]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Drops Nest Thermostats]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:59:55 -0500 Apple Drops Nest Thermostats Posted by ScottG
The decision signals more competition in the market for smart-home products, and may be good news of rival ecobee ]]>
<![CDATA[Canada Launches a Net-Zero Project]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:35:41 -0500 Canada Launches a Net-Zero Project Posted by ScottG
Builders in four provinces independently search for the best route to affordable net-zero construction and come up with surprisingly similar answers ]]>
<![CDATA[Passive House Network Conference Set]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:11:44 -0500 Passive House Network Conference Set Posted by ScottG
Speakers will discuss a variety of building types for different climate zones ]]>
<![CDATA[PHIUS Sets Annual Conference]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:09:04 -0500 PHIUS Sets Annual Conference Posted by ScottG
This year's PHIUS conference is in Chicago on Sept. 11 and 12 ]]>
<![CDATA[Sierra Club's Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a Landmark]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:06:18 -0500 Sierra Club's Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a Landmark Posted by ScottG
The environmental advocacy group claims its 200th coal-plant closure under its Beyond Coal campaign ]]>
<![CDATA[Things That Save Energy]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:45:54 -0500 Things That Save Energy Posted by ScottG
Stricter building codes help, but vehicle fuel-economy standards accounted for the most energy savings in calendar 2014. ]]>
<![CDATA[Study Examines Insulation Performance]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:20:37 -0500 Study Examines Insulation Performance Posted by ScottG
When properly installed and air-sealed, all type of insulation perform about the same, an updated report says. The search continues for a successor to R-value. ]]>
<![CDATA[LEED Rankings for 2015 Announced]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:17:03 -0500 LEED Rankings for 2015 Announced Posted by ScottG
Canada tops the list for certified space in projects outside the United States in the second annual international rankings list. ]]>
<![CDATA[Court Throws Out Smart-Meter Complaint]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:56:08 -0500 Court Throws Out Smart-Meter Complaint Posted by ScottG
A federal judge in Chicago has rejected arguments from a suburban grassroots group that opposes the devices on constitutional grounds. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lumber Liquidators Goes for LEED Certification]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:48:36 -0500 Lumber Liquidators Goes for LEED Certification Posted by ScottG
As a federal investigation of its Chinese-made flooring continues, the company says it has opened its first retail outlet built to LEED standards. ]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Developing Ultra-Efficient Clothes Dryer]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:23:45 -0500 Researchers Developing Ultra-Efficient Clothes Dryer Posted by ScottG
High frequency vibrations, not heat, dry clothes much faster and with much less energy that conventional appliances. Huge energy savings would be possible. ]]>
<![CDATA[New Initiative Would Increase Access to Renewable Energy for More Americans]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:34:44 -0500 New Initiative Would Increase Access to Renewable Energy for More Americans Posted by ScottG
A plan announced this week would make it easier for low- and middle-income families to lower energy bills with renewables ]]>