Copyright (c) 2015 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/news Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:00:12 -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[A Green Guide for Native Americans]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:46:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/114941/a-green-guide-for-native-americans http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/114941/a-green-guide-for-native-americans 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/114941/a-green-guide-for-native-americans
<![CDATA[Green Building Council Names Home of the Year]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:29:51 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/114088/green-building-council-names-home-of-the-year http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/114088/green-building-council-names-home-of-the-year 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/114088/green-building-council-names-home-of-the-year
<![CDATA[Here Are the Basics on Passivhaus]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:10:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113647/here-are-the-basics-on-passivhaus http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113647/here-are-the-basics-on-passivhaus 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113647/here-are-the-basics-on-passivhaus
<![CDATA[Oregon House Wins DOE Award]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:51:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113628/oregon-house-wins-doe-award http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113628/oregon-house-wins-doe-award 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113628/oregon-house-wins-doe-award
<![CDATA[Google Launches Solar Estimator]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:46:14 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113567/google-launches-solar-estimator http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113567/google-launches-solar-estimator 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/113567/google-launches-solar-estimator
<![CDATA[It's Probably OK to Store Wood Pellets Inside]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:51:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/112903/its-probably-ok-to-store-wood-pellets-inside http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/112903/its-probably-ok-to-store-wood-pellets-inside 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/112903/its-probably-ok-to-store-wood-pellets-inside
<![CDATA[Australian Startup Launches a Prefab Passivhaus Line]]> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:56:27 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/112199/australian-startup-launches-a-prefab-passivhaus-line http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/112199/australian-startup-launches-a-prefab-passivhaus-line 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/112199/australian-startup-launches-a-prefab-passivhaus-line
<![CDATA[California Construction Execs Off to Jail]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:24:38 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111827/california-construction-execs-off-to-jail http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111827/california-construction-execs-off-to-jail 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111827/california-construction-execs-off-to-jail
<![CDATA[Apple Drops Nest Thermostats]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:59:55 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111814/apple-drops-nest-thermostats http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111814/apple-drops-nest-thermostats 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111814/apple-drops-nest-thermostats
<![CDATA[Canada Launches a Net-Zero Project]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 09:35:41 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111654/canada-launches-a-net-zero-project http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111654/canada-launches-a-net-zero-project 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111654/canada-launches-a-net-zero-project
<![CDATA[Passive House Network Conference Set]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:11:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111454/passive-house-network-conference-set http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111454/passive-house-network-conference-set Passive House Network Conference Set Posted by ScottG
Speakers will discuss a variety of building types for different climate zones ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111454/passive-house-network-conference-set
<![CDATA[PHIUS Sets Annual Conference]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:09:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111452/phius-sets-annual-conference http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111452/phius-sets-annual-conference PHIUS Sets Annual Conference Posted by ScottG
This year's PHIUS conference is in Chicago on Sept. 11 and 12 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111452/phius-sets-annual-conference
<![CDATA[Sierra Club's Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a Landmark]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:06:18 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111450/sierra-clubs-anti-coal-campaign-hits-a-landmark http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111450/sierra-clubs-anti-coal-campaign-hits-a-landmark 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111450/sierra-clubs-anti-coal-campaign-hits-a-landmark
<![CDATA[Things That Save Energy]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:45:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111356/things-that-save-energy http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111356/things-that-save-energy 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/111356/things-that-save-energy
<![CDATA[Study Examines Insulation Performance]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:20:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110994/study-examines-insulation-performance http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110994/study-examines-insulation-performance 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110994/study-examines-insulation-performance
<![CDATA[LEED Rankings for 2015 Announced]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:17:03 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110913/leed-rankings-for-2015-announced http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110913/leed-rankings-for-2015-announced 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110913/leed-rankings-for-2015-announced
<![CDATA[Court Throws Out Smart-Meter Complaint]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:56:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110703/court-throws-out-smart-meter-complaint http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110703/court-throws-out-smart-meter-complaint 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110703/court-throws-out-smart-meter-complaint
<![CDATA[Lumber Liquidators Goes for LEED Certification]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:48:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110655/lumber-liquidators-goes-for-leed-certification http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110655/lumber-liquidators-goes-for-leed-certification 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110655/lumber-liquidators-goes-for-leed-certification
<![CDATA[Researchers Developing Ultra-Efficient Clothes Dryer]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:23:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110549/researchers-developing-ultra-efficient-clothes-dryer http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110549/researchers-developing-ultra-efficient-clothes-dryer 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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110549/researchers-developing-ultra-efficient-clothes-dryer
<![CDATA[New Initiative Would Increase Access to Renewable Energy for More Americans]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:34:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110292/new-initiative-would-increase-access-to-renewable-energy-for-more-americans http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110292/new-initiative-would-increase-access-to-renewable-energy-for-more-americans 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 ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/110292/new-initiative-would-increase-access-to-renewable-energy-for-more-americans