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CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

Prizes honor projects for energy efficiency, affordability, and low projected operating costs

CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

ZEC prizes honor projects for energy efficiency, affordability, and low projected operating costs

The Smart Meters Contentious Opponents

The Smart Meter's Contentious Opponents

They still remain very much in the minority, but anti-smart-meter groups are prompting investigations and continue to voice concerns about security and safety

Canadas Solar and NZE Power Play

Canada's Solar and NZE Power Play

A solar simulator and a research initiative at Concordia University in Montreal focus on solar energy applications and strategies for bringing building performance to net zero energy

Opportunity Accompanies Objections to Green Habitat Project

Opportunity Accompanies Objections to Green Habitat Project

Neighbors have stalled a 35-unit subdivision of energy efficient dwellings, but the delay gives a Habitat chapter time to refine its green building technique

Seattle Homeowners Build an Affordable Net-Zero-Energy House

Seattle Homeowners Build an Affordable Net-Zero-Energy House

One couple’s quest for energy efficiency leads them to a relatively low-cost approach to design and construction

The PV/Solar-Thermal Switch-up

The PV/Solar-Thermal Switch-up

As the cost of photovoltaic panels has declined, some developers of utility-scale renewable-energy power projects originally designed for solar thermal have been shifting to PV

Weatherizations Home-Stretch Recovery

Weatherization's Home-Stretch Recovery

Even though the expanded Weatherization Assistance Program struggled out of the gate – and can always be improved – it has produced encouraging, credible results

Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

EPA official tells NAHB webinar participants that the agency is increasing inspections of RRP job sites and stepping up enforcement

DOEs Marketing Push for Aeroseal

DOE's Marketing Push for Aeroseal

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab touts the technology's track record for sealing leaks in duct systems and improving energy efficiency

Japans Emerging Smart-Town Boom

Japan's Emerging Smart-Town Boom

Corporations partner on development of large communities whose top priorities include energy efficiency, renewables, and energy storage

Tackling PVs Administrative Challenges

Tackling PV's Administrative Challenges

The DOE names contestants in a competition intended to make permitting and financing for photovoltaic systems quicker and cheaper

Researching Retrofit Technology in the Northwest

Researching Retrofit Technology in the Northwest

Using two identical, side-by-side homes as their laboratory, DOE researchers aim to measure the effectiveness of a variety of energy efficiency improvements

Taking Aim at Californias Low-Carbon Target

Taking Aim at California's Low-Carbon Target

As the state prepares to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels over the next 38 years, scientists predict a mostly electric future

Russias First Active House Gets a Test Drive

Russia's First "Active House" Gets a Test Drive

A Danish solar-panel company teams up with a Russian developer to build a home designed to showcase net-zero-energy performance

Knauf Chinese Drywall Settlement: 300 Homes to Be Repaired

Knauf Chinese Drywall Settlement: 300 Homes to Be Repaired

The agreement marks another step toward addressing litigation over drywall that off-gasses hydrogen sulfide

Lawmaker Targets DOEs Weatherization Program

Lawmaker Targets DOE's Weatherization Program

It's all part of Representative Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign to stop "green initiative abuse"

Utility-Scale Wind Power Getting Cheaper

Utility-Scale Wind Power Getting Cheaper

The cost of electricity generated by onshore wind turbines will, by 2016, be competitive with the cost of power from fossil-fuel plants, recent research shows

Energy Star Homes Big Builder List

Energy Star Homes' Big Builder List

Hundreds of builders have committed to meeting energy efficiency standards set by of Energy Star Homes Version 3, which takes effect beginning January 1

Survey: Americans Taking Half-Measures on Energy Upgrades

Survey: Americans Taking Half-Measures on Energy Upgrades

There’s still a disconnect between Americans’ awareness of energy efficiency benefits and the “magic number” of actions they need to take to significantly reduce their utility bills

EPA to Present Lead-Safe Webinar on Nov. 10

EPA to Present Lead-Safe Webinar on Nov. 10

The free session will focus on lead-sale practices, compliance, lead-safe certification, and recent rule changes

Judges Dismiss Cases Over Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Aspen

Judges Dismiss Cases Over Carbon Monoxide Deaths in Aspen

An HVAC contractor and a building inspector faced criminal charges in connection with the deaths of four people who were poisoned by carbon monoxide

A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency

Proposed legislation would require home appraisals to reflect expected energy costs, allow homeowners to recover investments in upgrades, and even create jobs in the retrofit and construction sectors

Through August, Remodeling Continued Its Climb

Through August, Remodeling Continued Its Climb

Once again, the Residential BuildFax Remodeling Index increased in both year-over-year and month-to-month readings

A Step Toward Fairer Energy-Efficient-Home Valuations

A Step Toward Fairer Energy-Efficient-Home Valuations

An appraisal form newly introduced by the Appraisal Institute aims to standardize analysis and reporting of energy efficiency features

Green Jobs Growing Share of Construction

Green Jobs' Growing Share of Construction

A McGraw-Hill Construction study indicates green jobs comprise about one third of the design-and-construction workforce

D.R. Horton Division to Market Its HERS Index Scores

D.R. Horton Division to Market Its HERS Index Scores

Another production builder commits to using the HERS Index to tout the energy efficiency of its homes

Solar Raises Its Voice in the Job Market

Solar Raises Its Voice in the Job Market

Despite competitive pressures and the failure of Solyndra, the solar-industry workforce has more than doubled since 2009, the Solar Foundation says in a report titled "U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2011," which can be viewed here: http://www.seia.org/galleries/pdf/SMI-Q2-2011-ES.pdf

The Governments Final Word on Problem Drywall

The Government's Final Word on Problem Drywall

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issues guidance for those who own homes afflicted with Chinese drywall

Remodelings Ascent Continued in July

Remodeling's Ascent Continued in July

Their financing options narrowed, homeowners focused on improving the property they have, according to the latest BuildFax survey

KB Homes ZeroHouse 2.0

KB Home's ZeroHouse 2.0

The builder rolls out a net-zero-energy option that includes photovoltaic power as well as energy efficiency measures well beyond those required by Energy Star

Shining Light on Solar-based Alliances between Builders and Utilities

Shining Light on Solar-based Alliances between Builders and Utilities

A state-backed, utility-run program in California shows how photovoltaics and energy efficiency measures are making economic sense for builders

A Positive Investment Perspective on Housing

A Positive Investment Perspective on Housing

FBR Capital Markets cites “overlooked” signs that a recovery may be underway for some production builders

The Case of the Shrinking New American Home

The Case of the "Shrinking" New American Home

The 2012 IBS showcase project, under construction in Florida, is smaller than past New American Homes, but still loaded

NAHBs Improving-Markets Tracker

NAHB's Improving-Markets Tracker

The association announces a monthly index showing which housing markets are on the upswing

Costs Decline for Meeting U.K.s Green Code

Costs Decline for Meeting U.K.'s Green Code

Homebuilders in a variety of sectors find ways to cut material, design, and construction costs as they accommodate energy efficiency requirements

In S.F., Factoring Green into Pricing

In S.F., Factoring Green into Pricing

The city contemplates a “green grade” certification program to help market homes built or retrofitted to be energy efficient

EPA Storm-Water Managements Unsettled Waters

EPA Storm-Water Management's Unsettled Waters

Challenges to its plans to reduce pollution runoff from construction sites have sent the EPA back to the drawing board once again

Adapting Home-Building Projects to Survive in a Down Market

Adapting Home-Building Projects to Survive in a Down Market

Phoenix-based Modus Development revisits a condo project proposed in 2007, and, in response to market conditions, redesigns it as rental apartments

Recalling Green Buildings Struggle for Legitimacy

Recalling Green Building's Struggle for Legitimacy

Eugene, Oregon, is now regarded as extremely accommodating to eco-friendly builders, but at least a couple of them remember when it wasn’t easy being green

Appraising the Appraisal Industry -- Again

Appraising the Appraisal Industry -- Again

Scrutiny of the appraisal system continues to intensify

Production Builders Sidle Up to Green

Production Builders Sidle Up to Green

Betenbough, Elite Homes, and KB Home add green certifications to their marketing toolbox

One view of the net-zero energy frontier

One view of the net-zero energy frontier

A white paper explores how builders, manufacturers, and government entities can develop the market for projects designed for net-zero-energy performance

Will Baby-Boomers Kids Save the Housing Market?

Will Baby-Boomers' Kids Save the Housing Market?

A look at the likely home-buying preferences of Baby Boomer offspring, who by 2025 will comprise a major segment of the market

NAR Weighs in on Housing Market Salvation

NAR Weighs in on Housing Market Salvation

The return to stability, the association says, will be shorter and easier if lending restrictions are reduced and if loan limits and the National Flood Insurance Program are extended

Miamis Real Estate Fever

Miami's Real Estate Fever

As the temporary slowdown in foreclosure processing sparks all-cash purchases by investors in South Florida, housing shows its potential for both recovery and volatility

Remodeling in May Keeps Up the Pace

Remodeling in May Keeps Up the Pace

Through May, the industry had a year and a half of consecutive gains, according to BuildFax

NAHB Cheers EPA Rejection of New Lead-Paint Dust Rule

NAHB Cheers EPA Rejection of New Lead-Paint Dust Rule

Still on the association’s wish list: a reliable, inexpensive lead test kit and a provision that would allow households with no children or pregnant women in residence to waive the rule requirements

NAHB v. Lead Paint Test Rule, Chesapeake Bay TMDL

NAHB v. Lead Paint Test Rule, Chesapeake Bay TMDL

The association wants a lead-paint test kit approved before the “dust-wipe” rule is enforced; it also joins a lawsuit to block implementation of Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load regulations

The Price Index Prism

The Price Index Prism

A Forbes columnist highlights differences between some of the most widely used home price indexes

Undercurrents of Conflict in Energy Efficiency Goals

Undercurrents of Conflict in Energy Efficiency Goals

While even production builders are marketing energy efficiency, many in the industry are reluctant to support a bill setting goals for net-zero-energy home performance by 2030

Concern Over EPAs Proposed New Lead-Safe Rule

Concern Over EPA's Proposed New Lead-Safe Rule

A dust-wipe testing rule would further boost the costs of renovations and repairs involving lead-safe practices, a recent survey indicates. But would it also alleviate liability concerns?

A Decent Run for Remodeling Through April

A Decent Run for Remodeling Through April

BuildFax data show 18 consecutive months of growth in home remodeling

Increasing Clarity about Green Priorities

Increasing Clarity about Green Priorities

A survey commissioned by Whirlpool and Habitat for Humanity show consumer focus on energy efficiency as the key feature

Concrete Paths to Energy Efficiency

Concrete Paths to Energy Efficiency

A near-zero-energy demo home co-marketed by BASF Corp. and other partners is designed to show concrete’s benefits in shell construction, while a builder in North Carolina pours concrete exterior walls for two homes aiming for Passivhaus certification

Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 5 of 5

Compared to the 2000s, the coming decade for remodelers is expected to feature more stability, and more spending in two key emerging markets, the Joint Center for Housing Studies says

Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 4 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 4 of 5

As housing prices near stability in some metropolitan markets, spending on remodeling in those markets is expected to recover at a healthy rate

Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 3 of 5

Although the remodeling industry is still highly fragmented, larger firms have continued consolidate and attract a growing share of jobs

Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 2 of 5

The Joint Center for Housing Studies takes a closer look at how remodeling’s ups and downs over the past decade reshaped the industry for the decade to come

Remodelings Brightening Prospects, Part 1 of 5

Remodeling's Brightening Prospects, Part 1 of 5

An analysis of remodeling and economic data puts the home-improvement industry on surer footing for 2011-2020. Part 1 offers an overview of a study prepared by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Housing Permit Hot Spots

Housing Permit Hot Spots

A Reed Construction Data economist points out that housing permits are being pulled at relatively high rates in 19 cities, most of them in Texas and the Carolinas

Lead Paint Law Claims First Contractor

Lead Paint Law Claims First Contractor

EPA files a complaint against a Maine contractor for violating RRP requirements designed to protect children from exposure to lead-based paint

Market Jitters and AD&C Financing Aspirations

Market Jitters and AD&C Financing Aspirations

A “re-regulation” bill moves forward in the House while the new-home market lingers in neutral

Dow and Cobblestones Take on Affordable NZE Homes

Dow and Cobblestone's Take on Affordable NZE Homes

Marketing for Dow Building Solutions' insulation and solar-power products includes another collaboration with Cobblestone Homes, this time for an energy efficient home built for less than $250,000

Homebuildings Big Helper: Employment

Homebuilding's Big Helper: Employment

Economic recovery, and the housing market, won’t kick into gear without it

NAHBs National Green Building Awards

NAHB's National Green Building Awards

Thirteen builders, remodelers, and other industry pros took the honors at the National Green Building Conference

The Housing-Price Refrain

The Housing-Price Refrain

As home prices continue to slip, a market observer looks for trends in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price indices

When the Housing-Engine Sputters, but Keeps Running

When the Housing-Engine Sputters, but Keeps Running

Even though builder confidence remains in a holding pattern, starts and existing-home sales in March suggest the market will avoid a plunge – and might even begin trending upward for the long term

Gauging the Effects of Low New-Home Inventory

Gauging the Effects of Low New-Home Inventory

With distressed properties continuing to plague the market, why do some observers obsess over new-home inventories? They have plenty of reasons, most of them good ones

Trulia’s Price Reductions Map

Trulia’s Price Reductions Map

The real estate website incorporates its listings data to an interactive map that allows users to zoom in on prices, price-reduction probabilities, and reduction percentages

Regulators Half-Measures for Foreclosure Processors

Regulators' Half-Measures for Foreclosure Processors

Big-bank mortgage servicers likely will be required by federal regulators to merely tidy up their still-messy processing, but state attorneys general and some housing advocates want banks to get serious about doing more loan modifications

One of the First NGBS-rated Homes in Hawaii

One of the First NGBS-rated Homes in Hawaii

A Bronze rating goes to one of the first homes in the islands to certify under the NAHB Green building program

The Housing-Bottom Finder: Mortgage Rates

The Housing-Bottom "Finder": Mortgage Rates

Market watchers expect prices to continue to inch down – unless rates start to inch up, prompting fence-sitters to start making offers

Green Building Busts Out for Spring

Green Building Busts Out for Spring

KB Home continues its green-features rollout, and NAHB is prepared to explore any and all marketing angles for green-building and green remodeling at its conference in May

The Skin in the Game Game

The "Skin in the Game" Game

Some say the newly proposed risk-retention rules for mortgage lenders are too stringent, although the regulations still wouldn’t apply to most mortgages currently being written – those guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie

Henleys Timely Entry into the U.S. Market

Henley's Timely Entry into the U.S. Market

Australia-based homebuilder Henley Properties’ expansion into the U.S., with land purchases and operations underway in the Seattle area, takes a position in a tough market

Housing Market Pressure Points

Housing Market Pressure Points

Homebuilders discuss the dearth of AD&C credit with lawmakers, while home prices sink and the Treasury prepares to sell mortgage-backed securities. Still, there’s hope for the spring home-buying season

Homebuildings Waiting Game

Homebuilding's Waiting Game

The homebuilding industry pauses to analyze the home buying expectations of Gen X

Mixing and Matching Market Indicators

Mixing and Matching Market Indicators

The Federal Reserve holds rates steady and the NAHB says builder confidence inched up, but Robert Shiller calls talk of the Fannie/Freddie wind-down discouraging

Predictions for Smaller, Greener Homes for 2015

Predictions for Smaller, Greener Homes for 2015

A recent survey of industry professionals indicates a trend toward fewer square feet and more low-e windows and engineered wood

NAHB Offers Guidance for Dealing with Tainted Drywall

NAHB Offers Guidance for Dealing with Tainted Drywall

A soon-to-be-released document for builders and remodelers includes strategies for identifying and dealing with drywall that off-gasses reduced-sulfur compounds

Marking an NAHBGreen Milestone

Marking an NAHBGreen Milestone

The homebuilder association says 2,000 projects nationwide have been certified under the National Green Building Standard

A Call for Entries: NAHBs Pillars of the Industry Awards

A Call for Entries: NAHB's Pillars of the Industry Awards

Open to a wide range of professionals in the multifamily industry, the 2011 edition of the competition includes five new award categories

Priming the Private Mortgage-Guarantee Sector (Very Carefully)

Priming the Private Mortgage-Guarantee Sector (Very Carefully)

If a 20% down payment becomes a requirement for a loan guarantee, can the housing market still thrive? Privatization hawks think so. But other credit-related issues will need attention first

Household Growths Mounting Pressure on Demand

Household Growth's Mounting Pressure on Demand

NAHB makes another pitch for easier credit based on a study highlighting predicted increases in household formation, a principal driver of housing demand

Awakening Remodeling, Quieting Foreclosure Fever

Awakening Remodeling, Quieting Foreclosure Fever

BuildFax data shows signs of life in the remodeling sector, while a recent Mortgage Bankers Association survey suggests the foreclosure tide will begin receding by the end of the year

KB Homes Mileage Sticker for Household Energy Use

KB Home's "Mileage Sticker" for Household Energy Use

Using RESNET’s HERS Index rating system and local utility rates, the homebuilder presents prospective buyers with an energy-cost estimate based on the home's design

Walking on Eggshells Over Mortgage Subsidies and Tax Breaks

Walking on Eggshells Over Mortgage Subsidies and Tax Breaks

It’s too early to tell what approaches will be used to wind down Fannie and Freddie and to possibly revise mortgage-interest tax subsidies, but housing industry will be watching closely

The Fannie-Freddie Debate Heats Up (Again)

The Fannie-Freddie Debate Heats Up (Again)

Pressure to reckon with the two government-sponsored enterprises is yielding ideas, and illustrating how difficult it will be to come up with a satisfactory solution

Getting on Board with Smog-Eating Roof Tiles

Getting on Board with Smog-Eating Roof Tiles

Introduced on KB Home prototypes last fall, the specially treated roof tile is now being offered by KB in developments in Southern California

An Uptick in Remodeling Expectations

An Uptick in Remodeling Expectations

The market outlook in many remodeling categories edges up as more homeowners show interest in moving ahead with upgrades

About That Year-end Pop in 2010 New-Home Sales

About That Year-end Pop in 2010 New-Home Sales

With help from a tax credit in California, sales in the West lift the overall numbers for December. But will any of it echo into 2011?

An FDIC Resource for Credit-Crunched Builders

An FDIC Resource for Credit-Crunched Builders

The agency’s new hotline and website allow small-business owners, including builders, to register concerns about credit availability

Keeping an Eye on Capitol Hills Spending-Cuts Big Talk

Keeping an Eye on Capitol Hill's Spending-Cuts Big Talk

It’s in the very early going, but all corners of the homebuilding and remodeling industries seem unlikely to escape completely unscathed

Achieving Energy Efficiency at the Right Price

Achieving Energy Efficiency at the Right Price

Maintaining affordability is the key factor for many NAHB members who design and construct their projects to meet the DOE’s Builders Challenge requirements

The Foreclosure Crisis Multiple Witching Hours

The Foreclosure Crisis' Multiple Witching Hours

Removing blight from a foreclosed home may mean more than a thorough remodel. Sometimes, some sellers and buyers say, spiritual blessings or exorcisms are in order

The Storm Over Storm Water Rules

The Storm Over Storm Water Rules

As the EPA imposes new total-maximum-daily-load rules in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, NAHB’s concerns grow about the prospects for more-stringent permitting, offset rules, and reporting requirements

Fannie and Freddie: Housings Financing Drama

Fannie and Freddie: Housing's Financing Drama

It’s too early to tell how the two government-sponsored enterprises will be transformed, but the outcome will likely have a significant impact on borrowers

Snapshots of Low-Risk Housing Markets

Snapshots of Low-Risk Housing Markets

Using the PMI Risk Index, SmartMoney.com highlights five locations that present the lowest risk of a price drop over the next two years

As Lenders Begin to Stir

As Lenders Begin to Stir

Commercial lending is showing signs of growth for the first time in two years, and steady, if incremental, growth is expected for 2011

Deadline Nears for NGBS Consensus Committee Applications

Deadline Nears for NGBS Consensus Committee Applications

The update of NAHB’s National Green Building Standard will include member participation in the standard’s Consensus Committee and a variety of Task Groups

Weighing the Confidence Factor

Weighing the Confidence Factor

With the second stimulus package approved, corporations flush with cash, and spending up, economists and consumers are feeling better about prospects for economic growth. Will it help housing?

NAHB Analysis: Its (Still) a Small-Builder World

NAHB Analysis: It's (Still) a Small-Builder World

Amid the downturn, small builders have gained single-family market share while big builders acquired land and reduced production

Tax Credit Extended for Builders of Energy Efficient Homes

Tax Credit Extended for Builders of Energy Efficient Homes

The new tax package extends, through 2011, the $2,000 credit for newly built homes that use no more than half the energy of those conforming to the 2003 national model energy code. Consumers get breaks too

IBS Show Homes: A Big Gulp, then Lighter Fare

IBS Show Homes: A Big Gulp, then Lighter Fare

Once you get a look at the New American Home for 2011, the other homes displayed in Show Village will seem modest by comparison, but no less interesting

Study: Smoking on the Jobsite Still a Tinderbox Issue

Study: Smoking on the Jobsite Still a Tinderbox Issue

A University of Toronto analysis of smoking-related discussions in Fine Homebuilding’s Breaktime forum cites ongoing tension between smokers and nonsmokers, but also acknowledges that addressing the issues can get complicated

A Look at Big-Builder Approaches to Green

A Look at Big-Builder Approaches to Green

Calvert Investments surveys the 10 largest publicly traded homebuilders on their efforts to integrate sustainability and improved resource conservation into their offerings

The Deficit Commission and the Mortgage Interest Deduction

The Deficit Commission and the Mortgage Interest Deduction

The housing industry maintains its opposition to the panel’s proposed limitations on mortgage eligibility for the MID. But for the time being, those proposals face a more immediate threat: a stubbornly sluggish economy

GE Aims to Bolster Alliance Between Smart Grid and Appliances

GE Aims to Bolster Alliance Between Smart Grid and Appliances

The Home Energy Management initiative is being designed to create a stronger identity for GE’s suite of appliances and energy-use tracking tools

Installations of Split-face Concrete Block Draw Scrutiny in Chicago

Installations of Split-face Concrete Block Draw Scrutiny in Chicago

Homeowners complain of water damage, while home-inspection contractors point to improperly installed and poorly maintained block, a local TV station reports

Affordability, Low Rates Team Up

Affordability, Low Rates Team Up

With mortgage rates below 5%, more than 70% of new and existing homes are, for the seventh straight quarter, ranked affordable for families earning the median income

Home-Building Outlooks Inch Upward

Home-Building Outlooks Inch Upward

Although access to consruction financing continues to be a problem, NAHB’s Housing Market Index and McGraw-Hill’s Outlook Report show slivers of light

Perspectives on the Homebuilding Deficit

Perspectives on the Homebuilding Deficit

Given the trends in population growth and the need to replace old inventory with new homes, the new-home deficit continues to grow. The question is, when will demand rebound enough for it to matter?

NAR Survey Affirms First-Time Homebuyer Surge

NAR Survey Affirms First-Time Homebuyer Surge

The association also highlights data showing decent return on investment, despite the downturn, for buyers who stay in their homes for eight years or more before selling

A Positive Outlook on Credit, with Housing Watching Intently

A Positive Outlook on Credit, with Housing Watching Intently

A leading economist predicts shifts in commercial and industrial lending that mean easier credit for small businesses

A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

Remodeling Market Index stays put as NAHB reminds consumers tax credits are about to expire for energy-efficiency improvements; meanwhile, Meritage reports a third-quarter profit and the Labor Department reports an employment jump for October

NAHB Webinar Panelists: Housing Market Will Reawaken in 2011 and 2012

NAHB Webinar Panelists: Housing Market Will Reawaken in 2011 and 2012

The revival of the housing market, led this time around by employment gains, will unfold over next 18 to 24 months, economists say

Sales Finally Push Back at Market Headwinds

Sales Finally Push Back at Market Headwinds

New-home sales in September edge up, as does consumer confidence in October

Easing into the New, Stricter Rules for Appraisals

Easing into the New, Stricter Rules for Appraisals

With public comment about to open on interim federal requirements for appraisers, the homebuilding industry hopes clarity and fairness will prevail

AIA Billings Index Takes a Peek at Positive Territory

AIA Billings Index Takes a Peek at Positive Territory

Billings for residential projects were unchanged, but commercial and industrial specialties drove the index to its best score since early 2008

NAHB: Popularity of Small Homes Will Outlast the Recession

NAHB: Popularity of Small Homes Will Outlast the Recession

An analysis of Census Bureau data on housing starts shows that the median size of new single-families has declined since 2006 and, for a large segment of the market, is unlikely to climb back up significantly when the recession ends

KB Homes GreenHouse Venture, and Marthas Touch

KB Home's GreenHouse Venture, and Martha's Touch

Once again, Martha Stewart has teamed up with the builder’s designers, this time to create the look and feel of the first net-zero energy residence in the Builder Magazine Concept Home series

Remodeling Awards Honor Two Universal Design Projects

Remodeling Awards Honor Two Universal Design Projects

The NAHB Remodelers’ Homes for Life Awards highlight accommodations for aging in place and physical impairment

Shaping Customer Perspectives on Energy Retrofits

Shaping Customer Perspectives on Energy Retrofits

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab studied the subject for weatherization program administrators. One tip when talking to homeowners: avoid the work retrofit

Remodeling the Remodeling Business

Remodeling the Remodeling Business

Last month’s Remodeling Show attendees focused on timeless advice for adapting to new markets, taking on smaller jobs, and making business management skills a priority

Home Buyer Satisfaction Study: Cheers Amid the Downturn

Home Buyer Satisfaction Study: Cheers Amid the Downturn

Home buyers say they’re as satisfied as they’ve ever been with new-home builders and new-home quality, according to a recent J.D. Power study

Scaling Down Floor Space, Prices for First-time Buyers

Scaling Down Floor Space, Prices for First-time Buyers

With data showing that the first-time-buyer segment is growing, more builders are constructing smaller homes that are priced for first-time budgets

Sorting Through the Housing Markets Mixed Signals

Sorting Through the Housing Market's Mixed Signals

August sales of both new and existing homes simmer on low, although the market appears more stable; “cash-in refinancing” offers hope for the underwater crowd

AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

The American Institute of Architects Design Trends Survey for the second quarter shows ongoing client interest in home performance improvements

Positive Signs in the Multifamily Sector

Positive Signs in the Multifamily Sector

Multifamily builders and rental brokers see stabilization in demand in many metro markets

Economist: A Sign the Market Isnt in Free Fall

Economist: A Sign the Market Isn't in Free Fall

Taking a glass-half-full perspective on mortgage purchase applications; also, Associated Materials is purchased by a San Francisco investment firm

Making Sense of Housings Role in the Economy

Making Sense of Housing's Role in the Economy

NAHB seeks to counter perceptions that the benefits of homeownership are dwindling, while a business columnist suggests that home values, which are returning to their historically close alignment with average income, don’t have that much further to fall

Seeking a Satisfying Answer to the Market Bottom Question

Seeking a Satisfying Answer to the "Market Bottom" Question

Where is the bottom of the market? Absent another homebuyer tax credit, but with improvement in the employment picture, we might finally find out

Cheap Land And (Slightly) Better Sales May Be (Comparatively) Good News For Home Builders

Cheap Land And (Slightly) Better Sales May Be (Comparatively) Good News For Home Builders

The builder continued to acquire options on land purchases because prices are down. Meanwhile, the builder’s stock price climbs as NAR reports modest pending-sales improvement for July

Women and Homebuying, Revisited

Women and Homebuying, Revisited

As women exert increasing influence on homebuying decisions, builders can take specific steps to leverage their marketing efforts

Housing Market Strategies, Short- and Long-term

Housing Market Strategies, Short- and Long-term

A major bond fund urges Fannie and Freddie to allow smaller down payments; NAHB cites concerns with a proposal to shift housing subsidies from homeownership to rentals

Existing-Home Sales Data for July Offer Few Surprises

Existing-Home Sales Data for July Offer Few Surprises

With the numbers showing that July sales swooned, inventory grew, and prices flattened, the housing market’s sour mood stays in its holding pattern

Housing Starts, Builder Confidence Still Awaiting a Cure

Housing Starts, Builder Confidence Still Awaiting a Cure

Foreclosures continue to squelch demand, prolonging the malaise in single-family starts and the Housing Market Index

EPA to Revise Sediment Limits for Storm Water Runoff

EPA to Revise Sediment Limits for Storm Water Runoff

Prompted by a lawsuit filed by NAHB and the Small Business Administration, the EPA agrees to rework limitations on construction site effluent

Solar Power Advocacy, with a Balk at the Nuclear Option

Solar Power Advocacy, with a Balk at the Nuclear Option

A utility watchdog in North Carolina touts solar as an economically viable alternative to nuclear power, while a Florida politician highlights solar’s jobs-generating potential

Remodeling, Home Price Numbers Float in the Trough

Remodeling, Home Price Numbers Float in the Trough

Analysts say there’s nowhere to go but up – or sideways

 Lawsuit Highlights a Weatherization Safety Issue

Lawsuit Highlights a Weatherization Safety Issue

A case in Michigan serves as a reminder that encounters with potentially hazardous materials are common for retrofitters, including those working under the Weatherization Assistance Program

Exploiting Heat and Photons in Solar Power Devices

Exploiting Heat and Photons in Solar Power Devices

Researchers at Stanford explore concepts for a solar cell that uses both photons and thermal energy for electricity generation

Feeding Real-Time Data to Microsofts Hohm

Feeding Real-Time Data to Microsoft's Hohm

Blue Line Innovations’ PowerCost Monitor is designed to track Hohm subscribers’ energy use by the second

Submissions Solicited for NAHB Best in American Living Awards

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Recent comments


Re: Concrete Paths to Energy Efficiency

Many thanks for the comment, ecdunn. I should have been clearer in explaining the costs of the project, whose $750,000 listing price includes land costs of $300,000 -- the starting price for infill lots in this particular Chapel Hill neighborhood. Construction costs came to $450,000. I've altered the blog text accordingly.
Richard Defendorf