Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Taking Issue" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Taking Issue" blog entries Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:15:01 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Taking Issue" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Taking Issue" blog entries <![CDATA[A Case for Resilient Design]]> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 07:25:00 -0500 AlexWilson
Alex Wilson, founder and executive editor of BuildingGreen, begins this article by recounting the unusually severe weather events that occurred in the United States in 2011. He ties this to climate change and shares his expectation that such events will become more frequent. ]]>
<![CDATA[Healthful Homes Need More than a Huge Hood Fan]]> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:40:00 -0500 Healthful Homes Need More than a Huge Hood Fan Posted by FHBdotcom
Designer-builder Michael Chandler outlines three guiding principles for ensuring healthful indoor air in a house. First, choose healthful materials. Chandler recommends avoiding volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—which are found in paints, finishes, caulks, sealants, and cabinet sheet goods—and phthalate plasticizers, components of various household vinyl and plastic items. Second, handle and install materials with caution. ]]>
<![CDATA[Getting on board with fire sprinklers]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Getting on board with fire sprinklers Posted by FHBdotcom
Building official, Lynn Underwood, discusses the pros and cons of installing residential fire sprinklers. ]]>
<![CDATA[How About a Low-Flow Landscape?]]> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 16:35:06 -0500 How About a Low-Flow Landscape? Posted by FHBdotcom
I’m a stranger to the homebuilding world, but it’s nice to see you folks paying so much attention to important issues like water conservation. Low-flow fixtures and waterefficient... ]]>
<![CDATA[Heat Pump, Schmeat Pump]]> Thu, 15 Jul 2010 10:22:50 -0500 Heat Pump, Schmeat Pump Posted by FHBdotcom
Ground source heat pumps don't save energy because the electricity used by the 'pump' isn't part of the equation. Moreover, electricity is one of the least efficient ways of making power. ]]>