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Millennial Showhouse Launches in Austin

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Jan 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM

What do millennials want when it comes to housing? Follow along with us as we follow a couple on their quest for the perfect house.

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The Case for Introducing Rationality into the Home Financing Process

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jan 19, 2021 8:30:00 AM

RESNET releases a new climate proposal to help the incoming Biden-Harris Administration craft a strong national climate policy.

It’s an understatement to say the incoming Biden Administration has a lot on its plate come January 21. To help, RESNET has distilled the best avenues to reduce carbon emissions into a guidance document called White Paper on Introducing Rationality in the Home Financing Process.

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Why the Housing Industry Is Long Overdue for Disruption

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Jan 18, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Join architect and building science expert Sam Rashkin for his sobering look at how perfecting high-performance home building isn’t enough to survive in the next building era.

Virtually every major industry has experienced or is in the process of experiencing disruption. Think retail, personal transportation, automobiles, computing, music, photography, media … and the list goes on.

Housing in the United States has been able to sit on the sidelines with its first-cost dominated business model and uniquely disaggregated industry but not for much longer. That’s because there are five crises driving four disruptions that will transform an industry that is totally resistant to change.

The five crises Rashkin lays out will cause substantial builder pain in terms of burden, cost, or lost opportunity. This means builders must be hyper-conscious of all of them as they make decisions about their building business. 

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Apartment Complex Is EarthCraft Platinum and Affordable

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jan 15, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Sustainable project offers mixed-income housing in Alexandria, Va. 

A new $32 million development by AHC Inc. transformed a three-acre parcel of land owned by St. James Methodist Church into a vibrant mixed-income, mixed-use community. The five-story building earned an EarthCraft Multifamily Platinum certification and holds lessons for combining affordability with environmentally smart building practices.

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ICC Is Helping Special Interests Steamroll the Code Development Process

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jan 4, 2021 1:05:57 PM

The ICC wants to change how the nation’s model building energy code is developed—moving it from an open process to having it be developed by a committee without input from the local government building officials who administer it. Public comment period ends January 11.

On December 16, the International Code Council Board of Directors met to discuss the future of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Following the recommendations from the Appeals Board and the Board Committee on the Long-Term Code Development Process (Blue Ribbon Committee), the Code Council Board decided to put forward a framework for the updating of the IECC and Ch. 11 of the International Residential Code (IRC) using the ICC standards process, subject to stakeholder input and final approval by the ICC Board of Directors.

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COGNITION Hot Take: The Magnetic Appeal of Induction Cooking

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 30, 2020 2:51:59 PM

As homes go electric, interest in induction cooktops grows.

According to COGNITION Smart Data, more consumers are looking to induction cooking as a healthier alternative to natural gas cooking—and they are enjoying the experience. A recent survey by Sonoma Clean Power found that 90 percent of adopters found it easy to adjust to induction cooking (versus traditional electric or gas).

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New Guide Addresses Stagnant Water in Buildings with Low Occupancy

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 23, 2020 8:15:00 AM

IAPMO water expert explains the importance of addressing water stagnation in low-occupancy buildings.

COVID has taken its toll on buildings. Work-from-home mandates have turned once-bustling office and multiuse complexes and other commercial structures into shuttered shells. Building owners have had to quickly pivot to new best practices to keep their structures safe and well maintained.

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Webinar: State of the Construction Industry

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 9, 2020 10:20:16 AM

New data on how the pandemic has altered the housing industry and how you can thrive through all the changes.

Join Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media for a riveting presentation that will update you on the state of the current construction industry—with a look at near-future and far-future trends.

 

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Net Zero Homes Webinar: A Behind-the-Walls Tour

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Dec 1, 2020 12:51:48 PM

What techniques are the nation's best builders using to achieve zero net energy performance in new homes?

Join Green Builder’s Editor-in-Chief Matt Power on a tour of a half-dozen recently completed net-zero homes, comparing and contrasting material choices, design concepts and priorities.

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Webinar: The (Rapidly) Evolving Definition of Healthy Home and What Consumers Crave Most

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Nov 24, 2020 1:38:03 PM

Watch Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media, discusses the major trends in healthy homes and opportunities for building pros.

The evolving definition of healthy homes brought about by the pandemic offers a tremendous opportunity for homeowners, building professionals, and manufacturers to participate in market transformation. Now is the time for building pros to add value to their products, solutions, and homes, particularly regarding indoor air quality.

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Podcast Illustrates How Building Codes Can Help Communities Prepare for Emergencies

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Oct 27, 2020 3:33:58 PM

Governments struggle to prepare for hazards and other disaster events. Building codes can be an important line of defense.

What factors can help mitigate the negative effects of a natural disaster or other emergency situation? What planning tools or programs can be used to lessen the impact? How do building codes and other emergency management strategies position communities to be as prepared as possible for disasters?

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Lennox Focuses on “Perfect Air”—Raises Bar for Residential HVAC

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Oct 19, 2020 2:42:17 PM

Here’s an inside look at how Lennox is bringing HVAC into a new era with its products, corporate leadership, charitable endeavors, and focus on indoor air perfection. Learn about its state-of-the-art HVAC offerings in this newly released ebook.

The building industry is in the midst of a massive evolution brought on by a protracted labor shortage, sky-rocketing material and land costs, and strenuous regulation.

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Show Home Lives Bright With Colorful Joint Compound

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Oct 5, 2020 11:56:01 AM

A fledgling company punched up joint compound with color additives to create a workhorse drywall mud that doubles as a versatile design element. Check out the video to see how this industry-changing eco-drywall product works.

Fresco Harmony is an extremely low VOC wall and surface finishing system with water-based colorants. It is the nation’s first color line for drywall joint compound. It uses the versatility of joint compound to bring color opportunities throughout a house. 

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