Green Building

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.

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.