Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:12:03 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[Houses by Northwest Builder Win Awards]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:22:58 -0500 Houses by Northwest Builder Win Awards Posted by ScottG
Details make the difference, and videos posted by Hammer & Hand show how high-performance houses are put together. ]]>
<![CDATA[Reviving Old Masonry Buildings]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:53:45 -0500 Reviving Old Masonry Buildings Posted by ScottG
A new online book offers details on how to bring historic masonry buildings up to modern efficiency standards without ruining their character. ]]>
<![CDATA[California City Pushes Water Recycling]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:12:15 -0500 California City Pushes Water Recycling Posted by ScottG
In Lancaster, all new houses will be required to have "recycle-ready" plumbing systems beginning in 2015 ]]>
<![CDATA[The Case for West-Facing Solar Panels]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:47:09 -0500 The Case for West-Facing Solar Panels Posted by ScottG
An analysis of thousands of solar homes shows output peaks hours before utilities could really use it ]]>
<![CDATA[Passivhaus Hits a Big Milestone]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:31:02 -0500 Passivhaus Hits a Big Milestone Posted by ScottG
The German-based Passivhaus Institut says there are now 1 million square meters of certified space on the planet ]]>
<![CDATA[A Tinkerer's Quest for Green Perfection]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:25:44 -0500 A Tinkerer's Quest for Green Perfection Posted by ScottG
A Vermont couple builds a retirement home bristling with new technology, and they discover it's never too late for change ]]>
<![CDATA[Tiny Houses to the Rescue]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:39:23 -0500 Tiny Houses to the Rescue Posted by ScottG
A New Jersey lawmaker proposes state grants to build very small houses for low-income families ]]>
<![CDATA[This Remodeler Had a Really Bad Day]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:24:01 -0500 This Remodeler Had a Really Bad Day Posted by ScottG
An attorney in Pennsylvania buys a fixer-upper and begins repairs only to be cleaned out by a property-management company in an apparent property mixup. His reaction: See you in court. ]]>
<![CDATA[Reinventing a Passive-Solar Design]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:35:34 -0500 Reinventing a Passive-Solar Design Posted by ScottG
A New Mexico builder updates the work of his father with a new and improved project nearly 40 years after the original. It's still 'the place with the tubes.' ]]>
<![CDATA[Most Homebuyers Would Pay More for Efficiency]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:17:25 -0500 Most Homebuyers Would Pay More for Efficiency Posted by ScottG
A survey finds that nearly three-quarters of those planning on buying a new house would be willing to spend more to save more. But a majority are bewildered by green marketing jargon. ]]>
<![CDATA["Plug-and-Play" Solar is Closer to Market]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 09:09:13 -0500 Posted by ScottG
A Boston-based research lab has developed a photovoltaic system designed for installation by homeowners as easily as a new washer/dryer. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Fresh Warning from Home Depot]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:19:08 -0500 A Fresh Warning from Home Depot Posted by ScottG
The retailer issues a new warning connected with the massive electronic breach earlier this year: Beware of phishing. ]]>
<![CDATA[APA Redesigns Website]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:52:45 -0500 APA Redesigns Website Posted by ScottG
The redesigned site offers easier access to an extensive library on building materials and the design/build process. ]]>
<![CDATA[Report Grades States on Renewable-Energy Policy]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:23:34 -0500 Report Grades States on Renewable-Energy Policy Posted by ScottG
The annual survey finds states have generally made it easier for consumers to generate their own electricity. But some states still get failing grades. ]]>
<![CDATA[Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study Finds]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:46:19 -0500 Smart Meters Not a Health Threat, Study Finds Posted by ScottG
In Arizona, the Department of Health Services says its review shows smart meters aren't likely to make people ill ]]>
<![CDATA[Maine Hosts a Conference on "The Pretty Good House"]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:45:19 -0500 Maine Hosts a Conference on Posted by ScottG
The day-long seminar will help builders and designers balance energy efficiency, indoor-air quality, and cost. ]]>
<![CDATA[Arizona Energy Program Threatened]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:15:54 -0500 Arizona Energy Program Threatened Posted by ScottG
State regulators get a proposal that would eliminate efficiency requirements that lower demand for electricity and natural gas. Advocates cry foul. ]]>
<![CDATA[Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:12:17 -0500 Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems Posted by ScottG
A Canadian panel has found that the noise made by utility-scale wind turbines can be annoying, but it sees no clear link to ill health. ]]>
<![CDATA[Registration Open for Builders' Show]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:28:47 -0500 Registration Open for Builders' Show Posted by ScottG
Online registration is now open for the January Design & Construction Week that combines the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. ]]>
<![CDATA[Builders Get More Tech Savvy]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:57:43 -0500 Builders Get More Tech Savvy Posted by ScottG
A survey finds more contractors are taking advantage of internet-connected smartphones. But builders still lag slightly behind the general population. ]]>