Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:06:24 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "News" blog entries <![CDATA[Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:22:07 -0500 Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses Posted by ScottG
A Wisconsin technical college builds the first of three Passivhaus structures--a project that connects students in five related disciplines with outside pros ]]>
<![CDATA[Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:35:28 -0500 Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training Posted by ScottG
A training center to open in Los Angeles next year will train union electricians in advanced techniques integral to net-zero-energy technology ]]>
<![CDATA[Turn On the Lights? There's an App for That]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:51:18 -0500 Turn On the Lights? There's an App for That Posted by ScottG
Betting on fresh interest in networked home products, GE launches a light bulb that can be turned on and off with a smartphone. ]]>
<![CDATA[Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:04:18 -0500 Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments Posted by ScottG
Faced with big repairs on a rental property in Washington, D.C., the owners decided to tear the building down and create a new one with used shipping containers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:36:08 -0500 Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design Posted by ScottG
There are plenty of competitions for innovative and beautiful projects. Now there's one for engineering and architecture that just plain sucks. ]]>
<![CDATA[Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:55:21 -0500 Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm Posted by ScottG
After winning the approval of a historic review board, a North Carolina architect started construction of his new house. But a neighbor's challenge has left the project in limbo. ]]>
<![CDATA[Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:35:30 -0500 Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span Posted by ScottG
Modern appliances are marvels of technological ingenuity. There's only one problem--they don't last as long as they used to. ]]>
<![CDATA[Construction Industry Fatalities Increase]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:23:22 -0500 Construction Industry Fatalities Increase Posted by ScottG
A report from the AFL-CIO shows the fatality rate increased in 2012, and the energy boom in the West could have something to do about it. ]]>
<![CDATA[1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:25:35 -0500 1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice Posted by MikeGuertin
Cut a board wrong and you blew a few bucks; build a house on the adjoining property and you may blow $1.8 million. ]]>
<![CDATA[Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:03:53 -0500 Women Hold Very Few Construction Jobs Posted by ScottG
The proportion of women working in the construction industry is about the same as it was 30 years ago--less than 3% overall. ]]>
<![CDATA[Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:19:53 -0500 Realtors Say Home Construction Is Lagging Posted by ScottG
A national survey finds the number of houses being built isn't enough to keep up with job growth in 32 states, a trend that will push up prices for homebuyers in the long run. ]]>
<![CDATA[More Builders Go Green]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:16:26 -0500 More Builders Go Green Posted by ScottG
More buyers want the energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and durability that green building fosters, and more builders are adopting green strategies in their projects. The trend affects both single-family and multifamily builders and developers. ]]>
<![CDATA[Shortage of Lots Worries Home Builders]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:07:24 -0500 Shortage of Lots Worries Home Builders Posted by ScottG
Builders are finding it tougher to find developed lots, and homebuyers can expect to pay more as a result. ]]>
<![CDATA[The University of Georgia Builds a Farmstead of the Future]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:28:00 -0500 The University of Georgia Builds a Farmstead of the Future Posted by ScottG
The Future Farmstead Program includes a demonstration home that's all about "living and working smart." The net-zero-energy living laboratory is a collaboration between the university, students, and a long list of public and private partners. ]]>
<![CDATA[Affordable Housing Program Goes from 'Project to Product']]> Fri, 30 May 2014 07:21:07 -0500 Affordable Housing Program Goes from 'Project to Product' Posted by ScottG
Auburn University's Rural Studio began its affordable housing program in 2005 to bring better low-cost housing to the people of Hale County, Ala. Now the houses are headed to the commercial marketplace. ]]>
<![CDATA[Virginia Farmhouse Wins Top LEED Honors]]> Thu, 15 May 2014 08:55:00 -0500 Virginia Farmhouse Wins Top LEED Honors Posted by ScottG
Passivhaus-certified 'Earthship Farmstead' is LEED Platinum rated and has a roof where sheep could graze (but probably shouldn't) ]]>
<![CDATA[Icynene Boosts R-Value of Spray-Foam Insulation]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:29:35 -0500 Icynene Boosts R-Value of Spray-Foam Insulation Posted by ScottG
Icynene says its new Classic Plus will make it easier for builders to meet stricter energy-code requirements. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Builders Marketing a "Home for Rent by Owner"]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:08:12 -0500 Tips for Builders Marketing a Posted by ScottG
With the skills to handle the maintenance, builders are uniquely suited to profit from owning rental properties. Here are some tips for marketing a home to high-quality tenants. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Custom House Floor Plan Is Essential]]> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:19:45 -0500 A Custom House Floor Plan Is Essential Posted by ScottG
Even if you are working with an existing plan, consider a few tweaks that will adapt the floor plan to the way you live. ]]>
<![CDATA[APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 14:15:18 -0500 APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses Posted by ScottG
Free download describes the use of structural paneling instead of 2x blocking when installing these increasingly common roof trusses. ]]>