Green Building

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.

Study Makes the Case for the Energy Efficiency of Trusses

A study showed that a uniformly insulated thermal envelope is readily achievable with post-frame construction. 

AWC & CWC Release Two Wood EPDs

The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have announced the release of two new environmental product declarations (EPDs) for laminated veneer lumber and wood I-joists.

Truss Designers Should Consider Raised Heels

With energy codes getting stricter, and more homes being built to Energy Star specs, truss designers now have to consider attic insulation requirements in their roof packages.

Homebuilders Issue ICC Code Call to Arms

Just a handful of the 2,065 International Code Council (ICC) code change proposals now under consideration could add tens of thousands of dollars to the cost of new-home construction without any significant health or safety benefits.

LEED v4 Adopted, Effective this Fall

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, to go effect in the fall.

Steel Advocates Point Out Wood Isn't Renewable

t the recent ASTM E-60 meetings held in Indianapolis, Indiana, attendees discussed the various definitions for the term “sustainability,”

Homebuilders Host Webinar on Alternative Structural Sheathing

This webinar focuses on real-world solutions for building homes with walls that are strong, moisture resistant, and green.

Mississippi Breaks FSC's Green Building Stranglehold

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed legislation specifying that rating systems used in green building projects funded by the state government "shall not exclude forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council or the American Tree Farm System."