Green Building

Senators Successfully Pushing Net-Zero Homes by 2030

A bill would make national model building codes more energy efficient with the goal of reaching net-zero-energy building for new homes and commercial sites by 2030. 

An Argument Against Going Green

By placing a disproportionate focus on preserving the environment and maintaining the status quo, a "green" standard would stifle economic innovation and discourage civilization-altering discoveries.

DOE Releases Evaluation of IECC

The U.S. Department of Energy recently published a study that presents a comprehensive comparison of the 2006, 2009, and 2012 editions of the IECC.

Pro Dealers Promote Raised Heels

Raised-heel trusses provide a simple, cost-effective way to meet stricter energy-efficiency codes.

Builders Energy Code Position Confirmed by DOE

Concerning what the requirement for adopting a code to comply with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding stipulations, DOE confirmed that it is the 2009 IECC or an equivalent code that must be adopted -- not the 2012 edition.

HERS Rating Gaining Traction

Little used until just recently, the HERS rating system is gaining traction as the building industry’s equivalent of mpg.

Toll Brothers Promotes Green Homes in FL

Toll Brothers is building environmentally friendly, energy-efficient homes in four Southwest Florida communities, offering features especially appealing to buyers concerned about the environment.

Energy Code Challenge: EPS Supply Squeeze

Compliance with various energy code provisions may become more difficult in the short-term due to an unexpected expandable polystyrene (EPS) supply squeeze on the horizon.

VA Builders Respond to Energy Code Requirements

The Virginia building code mandates improved energy efficiency in residential construction, here's the reaction and response among VA builders. 

Metsä Wood’s Innovate Flooring System

Metsä Wood’s (formerly Finnforest) Finnframe flooring system now boasts a number of new developments that further improve the acoustic and energy performance of the system.