Green Building

Polar Vortex Putting Energy-Efficient Homes to the Test

Cold snaps and power failures have triggered a moment of truth for advanced energy-efficient homes in the Northeast. JLC talked with some homeowners to find out the facts.

Spending Bill a Mixed Bag for Energy-Efficient Construction

The President signed a bipartisan omnibus spending bill that provides $1 trillion in discretionary funding for federal programs; here are snapshots of building-construction program funding. 

R-40 Engineered Home Partnership Announced

Thanks to a partnership between CFS Green Homes and the Reata Foundation, home owners across the nation will now be able to look forward to having an ultra energy efficient residential home

Taping Exterior Sheathing Seams for Better Air Control

To reach the goal of 1ACH50, this builder decided to take a page from the PassiveHouse playbook and tape his exterior sheathing seams.

Home Energy Labels Soon a Reality?

Four states – Alabama, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington – are involved in a three-year DOE-funded pilot program started in 2010 to develop and test energy rating labels for homes.

Remarkable Tucson House Achieves "Negative-Zero"

The VISION House Series, a collection of incredibly advanced, high performance, truly sustainable homes built around the country, opened its latest project in Tucson.

Ohio May Ban LEED in Public Construction

It's looking like Ohio, a state long recognized as a pivotal political battle ground in national elections, may soon ban the use of LEED in public construction. 

SBCA's Public Letter to ALSC, AWC, NAHB, SFPA and ICC

This is a public letter from the membership of SBCA to the American Lumber Standards Committee (“ALSC”), the American Wood Council (“AWC”), the National Association of Home Builders (“NAHB”), the Southern Forest Products Association (“SFPA”) and the International Code Council (“ICC”) and their collective members.

Addison Homes Pushes Net-Zero Bar Even Higher

Sometime this month, Addison Homes, a semi-custom on-your-lot builder, expects to break ground on Trailside, a 16-home neighborhood that will be Addison’s first subdivision development.

Wall Panels Can Eliminate Wasteful Framing

A small development in Massachusetts shows that even builders in a state with one of the most advanced energy codes in the nation are still stuck in yesterday's framing systems—the 'we've always done it this way' system.