Mike Collignon

Mike Collignon is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Green Builder Coalition, a not-for-profit association dedicated to amplifying the voice of green builders and professionals to drive advocacy and education for more sustainable homebuilding practices.

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Snapshots from Around the Country

Posted by Mike Collignon

Mar 26, 2014 11:14:00 AM

DALLAS

Green Code Information:
On October 1, 2013, the City of Dallas implemented a green building ordinance, requiring green building practices for all new residential and commercial buildings. Here are the details:

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Topics: Policy, Code Watch

Greener Living for All?

Posted by Mike Collignon

Mar 7, 2014 12:57:41 PM

There are a number of decisions that were made in 2013 that I feel point the residential homebuilding industry in a clear direction toward sustainability. Better still, some of these decisions will reinforce the importance of sustainability to homebuyers and homeowners. I’ll break this down into three categories:

Regulation
As I’ve reported elsewhere, building officials voted in favor of adding an ERI compliance path to the 2015 IECC. This is significant on a number of levels, some of which we didn’t delve into until now. Given the flexibility of an ERI, I believe we’ll see many builders choose this option, when states start adopting the 2015 IECC in two to four years. It requires strong performance levels, so the average builder will have to step up in order to comply. Meanwhile, the above-code builders will retain their market advantage by continuing to market their outstanding ERI scores. Also, they will face little to no disruption to their day-to-day business, and could face the very real possibility of expansion.

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The IECC Stands Strong

Posted by Mike Collignon

Jan 3, 2014 7:37:00 PM

Mechanical equipment tradeoffs were removed in 2009, but certain parties have been trying to put them back into the code ever since. And here’s how HERS fits in.

By Mike Collignon and Bill Fay

The big story of the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) final action hearings was the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) proceedings. Because they started half a day behind schedule, due to prolonged residential building code debates, there was a sense of haste over the remainder of the hearings to try and get back on schedule. (Eleven different codes were discussed, and the entire process needed to conclude by 12pm ET on Thursday, October 10th.)

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A Closer Look: The Anti-LEED Movement

Posted by Mike Collignon

Nov 25, 2013 1:41:00 PM

There’s a movement afoot to ban state-funded projects from obtaining LEED certification, citing the program’s lumber sourcing requirements. Some claim the voluntary green building program unfairly favors lumber certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As Susan Stabley of the Charlotte Business Journal succinctly states:

“At issue is certification of wood used in the project. Developers that use 50% or more wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council earn one point. However, using locally sourced materials such as brick, steel or wood—even when it’s uncertified—could earn a project at least two points.”

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Topics: LEED

Are We Using the “Right” Building Product? Part II

Posted by Mike Collignon

Oct 22, 2013 2:17:00 PM

Is “Greenwashing” Dead?

Often, salespeople will only provide standard marketing materials or point to their Web site as a source of their information, which won’t have any readily available documentation to back up their claims.

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Topics: sustainable building materials,, green washing

Building Code State Spotlight: New Mexico

Posted by Mike Collignon

Sep 30, 2013 2:20:00 PM

A Tale of Two Governors

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Topics: energy efficiency, Policy, Code Watch

Are We Using the “Right” Building Products and Materials?

Posted by Mike Collignon

Aug 26, 2013 2:28:00 PM

In the past 10 years or so, green building product availability and technology has increased along with the revision of energy efficiency codes. Unfortunately, there seems to be a disconnect in the coordination of available information for specifiers, code authors and code officials. This disconnect becomes more apparent when conflicts arise between unique building code requirements and energy code requirements. Add to the above a project attempting to meet green certification and a designer or builder may end up spending precious time and fees researching all of the variables.

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Topics: energy efficiency, sustainable building materials,, Code Watch

New Jersey

Posted by Mike Collignon

Jul 30, 2013 2:36:00 PM

Executive Summary:

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Policy, Code Watch

A Tale of Two States

Posted by Mike Collignon

Jun 24, 2013 2:42:00 PM

In our June 2011 report, we reported on a bill (S708-CSRO-20) passed by the North Carolina state legislature that (on average) increased the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings by 15% and 30%, respectively. This bill was signed by then-Governor Perdue and became law on January 1, 2012.

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Topics: energy efficiency, Policy, Code Watch

Spotlight on Delaware

Posted by Mike Collignon

May 15, 2013 2:45:00 PM

Delaware is one of a number of states with oceanfront property. While this gives some people the opportunity to have scenic views from the comfort of their own homes, recent studies suggest the ocean may soon be an unwanted guest in those homes. The challenge that lies ahead is how to continue capitalizing on those views while taking precautionary steps for those who either want to—or already do—live in a potential flood zone.

Where’s the Line in the Sand?
A Global Problem and Its Effect on Delaware

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Topics: Policy, Disaster Planning, Code Watch

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