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Matt Power

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues.

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New Research: You Can Guess a Person's Political Persuasion by the Size of His House.

Posted by Matt Power

Mar 12, 2015 2:32:00 PM

The Pew Center study confirms some familiar stereotypes: conservatives  indeed prefer living large in the country, while liberals value smaller digs in urban settings.

THE RESULTS, collected last year in a national survey, shed a little light on why urban and rural homes tend to be so different. And they also take some heat off builders and developers, who are often accused of upselling clients to unnecesarily large homes. In the light of this data, they'e simply giving the market what it wants.

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Trends Toward Extremes (both large and small) in New Home Sizes Reflect the Economic Realities of U.S. Buyers

Posted by Matt Power

Feb 26, 2015 2:18:00 PM

The news about home building these days seems conflicted between the ever-growing trend toward tiny house living and the return of the McMansion. But both sync up perfectly with demographic trends.

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10 Steps Forward: Best Green Building Innovations of the Past Decade

Posted by Matt Power

Feb 22, 2015 8:09:00 PM

In celebration of our 10th anniversary—here are our picks for some of the most important innovations to hit the mainstream of the building industry.

GREEN IS A VAGUE WORD, one that’s often overused and misused. But it’s still arguably the term that consumers relate most to conserving water, energy, biodiversity and raw resources. And when you dig deep enough, these are the “deep green” concerns—the issues likely to impact human survival. On the next tier are “medium green” issues that affect human health: air quality, water purity and so on. In the “light green” arena, I would relegate issues such as plant efficiency and packaging reduction. That’s because, as important as these efforts are, simply making a production facility more efficient does not necessarily mean it will use fewer resources or more recycled material. Often, any decrease in impact is lost as the facility ramps up volume.

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The Building Industry: Better with Age

Posted by Matt Power

Feb 22, 2015 6:51:18 PM

This year’s building show attendees—and product offerings—show a  level of maturity not dreamed of by their predecessors.

HOMEBUILDING AND REMODELINGS are not what they used to be—and that’s good news. I’ve been attending the annual International Builders’ Show (IBS) every year for the past 20 years, and I can honestly say this one was different. It’s not the venue, although the exhibits are generally classier—no piles of cigarette butts next to half-naked women on exercise bikes this year. It’s certainly not the food.

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Survey Shows that Recent Homebuyers Have Their Green Priorities Right

Posted by Matt Power

Feb 22, 2015 5:05:00 PM

Results show a savvy understanding about the "big ticket" energy users in the home.

RUMORS THAT THE PUBLIC DOESN'T UNDERSTAND GREEN are greatly exaggerated. That's the takeaway from a new National Association of Realtors nationwide survey of homeowner attitudes.The survey was sent to 72,000 home buyers who purchased a home between July 2013 and June 2014, with a 9.2% response rate. Of course,

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