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Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

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. Matt is a founding member of the Tiny House Industry Association, and sits on the board of The Resilience Hub, an educational organization focused on permaculture and hands-on reskilling.


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New Leak Sensors Offer Long-Distance Shut-Off

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 27, 2019 1:38:03 PM

What do mother-in-law apartments, ADUs, second homes and AirBnb have in common? They all benefit from remote leak detection and water shutoff.

A few weeks ago, I went on an extended trip, and rented out my home on AirBnb. I had installed some simple water-sensors in three locations. These sensors send an alert to my cellphone if a leak is detected.

One evening I got an alert. The bathroom had a leak. I contacted the guests immediately, and they stopped the overflowing bathtub with no damage to my floors or drywall. But what if they hadn’t been home? Or worse, what if I had no leak detection at all?

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Diverse Building Industry Leaders Offer a Greener Way Forward

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 19, 2019 9:37:44 AM

Some of the nation's most ecologically savvy builders, architects and activists will make the case that construction and planetary stewardship can co-exist.

You may have heard of Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot. He's known for his insightful speaking and tough talk about how businesses MUST change to meet greenhouse gas goals. But at the same time, he argues that they can remain profitable and viable. Winston and other leading figures on the front lines of sustainability will share their insights in a special day prior to Design & Construction Week in Vegas in mid January.

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Award Deadline: Enter Your Best New Home Now

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Oct 4, 2019 8:56:36 AM

With the entry deadline just days away, our annual Home of the Year Awards program invites all builders and architects to put their best square footage forward.

Whatever else you can say about award programs, they offer you some of the biggest marketing bang for your buck you'll ever get. Besides that, they build your company's brand credibility. Not least of all, winners get the red carpet treatment at a VIP dinner on January 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, where their work will be shown on the "big screen."

Winning a Home of the Year Award from Green Builder, historically, has helped many builders and architectural firms weather tough times--and grow in good times. This annual, national award, now in its twelfth year, honors the "best of the best" in high-performance housing.

Historically, our entries come from many sectors of the industry: builder, architects, manufacturers. Finalists get a tremendous amount of airplay: not just featured coverage in Green Builder magazine and online, but many are picked up by both local and national media outlets.

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Loophole Allows Builders to Take Alternate Route to Meeting Title 24 Solar Mandate

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Sep 25, 2019 2:25:11 AM

New rules in California’s strict building code allow buildings to share a common solar source.

Two new items in California’s strict Title 24 building code actually make solar more flexible for both home builders and buyers.

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