Green Building

Plastic Homes in the Future?

So far, recycling efforts have made barely a dent in this waste pile. But that might change if recycled plastic were to emerge as a core structural component for new-home construction.

USA Today Trashes LEED

USA Today takes aim at the green building industry with a special report that argues against the environmental benefts promoted through LEED.

Study Indicates BIM Becoming Mainstream

A new report indicates that building information modeling (BIM) is no longer an exotic service, but is set to become the standard operating procedure.

Troubling Trends in 'Green' Timber

When customers pay a higher price for wood and paper products with “green” labels, they may not actually be getting something that is better for the environment.

Understanding and Analyzing SIPs

Before specifying structural insulated panels in their projects, architects must understand the potential benefits and shortcomings of the system.

Energy Efficiency Bill Passed by Senate

The Senate unanimously passed the Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act (H.R.4850), which now must go back to the House for approval before going to the White House for enactment.

Homebuilders Defeat Energy Code Adoption

The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), a group comprised of governors and state lawmakers, was considering a resolution to recommend adoption of the 2012 IECC (energy code) and any subsequent updates.

Green Building's Next Evolution: Net-Zero

"Why construct a building that uses less energy when we can make one that uses no energy at all?" is a question that has helped several builders push the green building envelope further.

Portland Developer Focuses on Building Envelope

Portland based developer Ed McNamara is keenly focused on building green and achieving high levels of energy, water and other resource efficiencies. 

Federal Sequestration May Threaten Energy Code

If Congress does not act within the next few months, virtually all federal programs will face an automatic across-the-board funding cut of about 8%.