Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:00:16 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[A Convincing Demo for Porous Pavement]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:22:53 -0500 A Convincing Demo for Porous Pavement Posted by ScottG
A popular YouTube video shows pavement that can absorb 1000 gallons of water a minute ]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Gets Two High-Performance Subdivisions]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:34:31 -0500 Texas Gets Two High-Performance Subdivisions Posted by ScottG
Developers announce plans for "energy neutral" and "solar standard" communities. Both are located in Austin, where the city council is pushing for more renewable energy. ]]>
<![CDATA[Landfills Are a Big Methane Problem]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:29:27 -0500 Landfills Are a Big Methane Problem Posted by ScottG
A new study says the government is way off in its estimates of how much garbage is going into landfills, so methane emissions are higher than previously thought ]]>
<![CDATA[Solar Groups At Odds Over Tax-Credit Strategy]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 06:52:02 -0500 Solar Groups At Odds Over Tax-Credit Strategy Posted by ScottG
An end to residential tax credits for solar systems is likely to mean sharp declines in installations, but there's no agreement in the industry on how to preserve it ]]>
<![CDATA[Winners Named in Passive House Competition]]> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:48:17 -0500 Winners Named in Passive House Competition Posted by ScottG
In its first-ever design competition, the Passive House Institute US announces winners in four categories ]]>
<![CDATA[In Florida, a War of Words Over Solar's Future]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:50:16 -0500 In Florida, a War of Words Over Solar's Future Posted by ScottG
A proposed amendment would allow power-purchase agreements in the state for the first time. Utility-backed opponents have their own plan. ]]>
<![CDATA[Can Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?]]> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:35:57 -0500 Can Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers? Posted by ScottG
An Oregon mill becomes the country's first manufacturer of cross-laminated panels as interest grows in using wood to build commercial structures ]]>
<![CDATA[Passivhaus Apartment Complex Would Be a Giant]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:14:00 -0500 Passivhaus Apartment Complex Would Be a Giant Posted by ScottG
Construction is to begin in October on a 276-unit project in Kansas City, Mo., with the developer hoping to show influential investors a different housing future ]]>
<![CDATA[Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:31:00 -0500 Firm Will Test Smart Features in Rentals Posted by ScottG
Web-connected thermostats and locks could save apartment owners time and money, and attract renters at the same time ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Building Council Names New CEO]]> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 09:04:45 -0500 Green Building Council Names New CEO Posted by ScottG
The organization's current chief operating officer will take the reins when the current CEO leaves his post ]]>
<![CDATA[Little Houses Are a Big Step for Dallas Homeless]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:04:11 -0500 Little Houses Are a Big Step for Dallas Homeless Posted by ScottG
A 50-unit project nearing completion will provide housing for some of the city's most needy citizens. This 'Housing First' effort also will save a lot of public money. ]]>
<![CDATA[Building Monitoring Software Offered for Free]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:17:31 -0500 Building Monitoring Software Offered for Free Posted by ScottG
The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has developed a program for tracking real-time energy use, and it offers the system to anyone who wants it ]]>
<![CDATA[LEDs Could Get A Lot Cheaper]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:15:20 -0500 LEDs Could Get A Lot Cheaper Posted by ScottG
Researchers are developing new materials to replace rare-earth elements. Steep cost reductions are possible. ]]>
<![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. ]]>