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Feeling Down? Try Some Actual Reality

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Aug 8, 2019 11:01:45 AM

Today’s many man-made crises can be addressed, but not if we listen to hucksters and sociopaths.

More often than not, predictions about the future get it wrong. As recently as the late 1960s, when the population was 3 billion, author Paul Ehrlich’s warnings predicted in The Population Bomb that humans would overwhelm Earth’s resources within 10 years, leading to vast famines, war and collapse. We’d be living in a “Soylent Green” world, eating each other to survive.

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Getting Going and Going Pro With Your Payment Strategy

Posted by Brent Meyers, Guest Columnist

Aug 6, 2019 5:41:14 PM

With minimal effort, builders can keep track of money flowing in and out the door.

I’ve written about the importance of a vendor payments strategy for companies in today’s business climate. But the reality is it’s twice as imperative for construction companies to implement this process, because the industry’s payment challenges are bigger—and so is the opportunity. Payments are at the center of two critical areas of the construction business: vendor relationships and job progress. So, getting strategic about how you pay can make a big impact.

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Elevating Sustainability

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 1, 2019 11:58:54 AM

Corporate sustainability has evolved far beyond a feel-good marketing strategy to engender goodwill and loyalty.  It has become an economic and environmental imperative, as companies, policymakers, and financial regulators across the globe recognize the risks associated with the failure to plan appropriately for climate change.  Fortunately, corporations in all sectors of the economy are answering the call with innovative approaches to sustainability. 

Armed with indisputable data and undeniable science, senior financial regulator and Trump-appointed member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (which oversees major financial markets) Rostin Behnam has publicly declared that the risks associated with climate change eclipse those posed by the mortgage meltdown that caused the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession.

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The House the Experts Built Launches

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 31, 2019 2:46:14 PM

Green Builder® Media embarks on its next extraordinary demonstration project: a stunning dream house that doubles as a template for sustainable building that pros and homeowners across the nation can emulate.

Builders and architects design houses of all kinds in this country, but given a chance to create homes for themselves, what do you think they would build?

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The Future is Zero

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 25, 2019 10:41:52 AM

Innovation in high performance products, renewable energy, and automation technologies, and corresponding advancements in codes and policy, have facilitated a massive migration towards net zero energy structures, as affirmed by a new market report released by Team Zero.

The market is heating up for net zero building. Grand View Research Inc. projects that the global market for net zero energy structures will explode to $78.8 billion by 2025.

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Hard Choices Ahead

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 18, 2019 11:12:06 AM

As climate change puts more cities and communities at risk of flooding, wildfire, super storms, drought, and other cataclysmic natural events, which areas will be hardest hit, and who foots the bill?

From coast to coast, U.S. cities are being brutalized by climate change.  As the toll of destruction escalates, lives are torn apart and costs skyrocket. 

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Lucky Seven: Green Builder Wins Again!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 11, 2019 11:01:38 AM

With humility and delight, Green Builder magazine proudly accepts the award for Best Trade Publication for the seventh year in a row from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE).  A hearty congratulations to our stalwart editorial team, and a sincere thank you to NAREE, as well as our readers, advertisers, partners, and friends, for your continued support and contribution to our ongoing success.

Since our launch in 2005, Green Builder Media has helped set the standard for excellence in sustainability, quality, resiliency, and wellness in the built environment.  There are many things that differentiate Green Builder Media, beginning with our unwavering commitment to and passion for making the world better, cleaner, healthier, and more efficient. 

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United We Stand?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 3, 2019 1:00:11 PM

Our nation is embroiled in divisive conflict over formidable issues ranging from immigration to abortion to race equality to climate change.  On this July 4th holiday, perhaps we can take a moment to remember what unites us and celebrate the basic freedoms we enjoy that allow us to express our opinions with such conviction.

The remote mountain town in southwestern Colorado that I live in is stunning at this time of year.  The rushing river, exquisite wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and robust forests comprise an undeniable testament to all that is good and peaceful in the world.

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New York Sets Climate Standard

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 27, 2019 2:42:34 PM

Led by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York lawmakers reached a deal last week to pass a historic climate plan that would create a net zero economy, effectively eliminating greenhouse gas emissions within the state by 2050.

New York just raised the bar on climate action.  With the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the state plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 85% (when compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 and offset the remaining 15% through carbon capture measures.

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Assisted Living Technology for the Physically Disabled

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jun 27, 2019 1:16:05 PM

When dealing with a disability, it’s today’s tech to the rescue.

Having a physical disability used to mean a life confined to sitting in a chair or relying or holding a caretaker’s hand to get from place to place. But now, being called “disabled” doesn’t quite seem right. Thanks to many assistive devices developed in the past 20 years, you can do what everyone else can—which means don’t really have a disability—right?

Heck, those technological advances improving vision, mobility and illness might even make you better at something than someone deemed “healthy and normal.”

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The Big Picture: Accessory Dwelling Unit Case Study

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 25, 2019 5:11:46 PM

An ADU may be smaller, but it’s just as challenging to build as a full-sized dwelling.

Steve Snyder and his wife Jackie Ellenz first learned about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) through their designer, Libby Holah. She and her husband Greg had previously designed a bathroom for Snyder and Ellenz, and they were a natural first choice when it came to remodeling part of their home in Portland, Ore.

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The ADU Equation

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jun 18, 2019 5:32:25 PM

It’s been a long road toward respect for the ‘other’ type of tiny home, but accessory dwelling units have (finally) begun to gain traction.

In the beginning, it was just an affordable way to buy a home. Kol Peterson had relocated to Portland, Ore., in 2010 and needed somewhere that would be his without breaking his budget.

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Staying Home: A Look at Assisted Living Technology

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jun 18, 2019 3:26:42 PM

The baby boomer generation has entered the period of life when it needs assistance to live comfortably and independently. Just in time, assisted living technology could offer a pathway to what boomers want most.

Chances are, you’ve already encountered the reality of aging in America, through a family member or on your own. And unless you’re very wealthy or live on a commune, it’s far worse than what you expected.

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