USGBC and ACC to work together on LEED

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Two organizations formerly at odds on the future of green buildings standards in the United States will cooperate in a new initiative to ensure the use of a technical and science-based approach to environmentally protective products.

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Lindal's history of innovation

Success is often attributed to innovation. Lindal Cedar Homes founder, Sir Walter Lindal, was often considered beyond his years six decades ago as he methodically and creatively incorporated sustainable green initiatives with...

Green Building Consulting Explains the Importance of Ratings and Certifications

Organizations like RESNET and LEED are raising the national standard of high performance homes, so it is important to know that your home is being built up to, or better than, par.

Habitat for Humanity Building High Performance Homes

By showing the world that affordable housing can be high performance, Habitat for Humanity hopes to encourage others to build the same way.

Solar panels convert 60s terraced house into net zero model

Students from Delft University took a 1960s terraced house and turned it into a net-zero home with a new skin that connected solar panels, glass walls and smart technology with the existing structure.

Go behind the walls of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a wide variety of advanced building science techniques and products designed to deliver a high-performance home.

Italian home wins first LEED Platinum rating in Europe

Over the expected 100-year life span of the BioCasa 82 home near Treviso, Italy, it is expected to produce 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than a traditional building.

Lindal Cedar Homes' process

The entire process of a Lindal home, from forest to completion at the building site is a proven, well-orchestrated endeavor. Over 200 Lindal employees are hands-on from planning, designing, development, assembling and...

Proud Green Home of St. Louis relies on advanced framing

While system components such as the HVAC will likely be upgraded in the future with technology advances, it makes sense to invest in building a better thermal envelope.

Questions about insulation? Knauf Insulation has the answers

Choosing the right insulation product and installing it correctly are critical to having a safe and comfortable home, so Knauf Insulation helps homeowners, engineers, code officials, builders and specifiers understand the features of...

Mini split HVAC delivers high efficiency whole-house option (video)

The system blends a mini-split unit that's usually designed for a zone or two. But the Total Comfort Solution blends the mini-split with vent fans and an energy recovery ventilator to deliver sufficient airflow to cool and heat a two-story house.

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Metal roof selected for LEED home for durability and style

A metal roof in a classic style is part of a new green home project in Glastonbury, Conn.

New Oregon construction energy standards will pay off for builders and homeowners

New construction energy standards for Oregon went into effect July 1, 2014 and far exceed the building requirements of the last decade.

Demand for protected lumber soaring as builders seek safer products

Builders looking for products that protect against mold, termites and decay and reduce call backs are starting with the lumber. Eco Building Products, Inc. is treating dimensional framing lumber and panel products from Bridgewell Resources that will be used in...

Hurricane anniversary brings reminder of Fortified Homes

The 22nd anniversary of Hurricane Andrew on August 24 provides a sobering reminder of the destructive power of hurricanes and the damage they can do to communities.

Systems built homes offering features for downsizing retirees

As more baby boomers enter into retirement, many are looking to downsize their living situations as their children leave the nest.

Metal roofing delivers traditional looks with sustainability built in

For the look of traditional shingles with the durability of metal roofing, aluminum metal roofing is gaining in popularity among homeowners and builders.

Check out the latest hot home building products

The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.

Building groups collaborate on green construction code and LEED

Leading building industry groups have agreed to coordinate development of the International Green Construction Code and LEED to offer a comprehensive system of regulatory and voluntary leadership tools for jurisdictions.

Strict Vancouver green building codes may price renovations out of the market

In January 2015, new building codes take effect in Vancouver that could make it tougher to renovate existing homes. The new codes contain a wide range of requirements aimed a making building more accessible for the handicapped and making houses...

Rehabbed Chicago homes will add solar to green upgrades

The first of five rehabbed homes in the Highland Park neighborhood includes solar panels as part of a package of green upgrades that will increase the homes' market value.

Green home building market expanding in Australia

The market for green building and renovation is taking off in Australia as homeowners come to value high-performance homes that are easier on the budget.

ICFs form walls of a new Scottish castle

A majestic Scottish castle is taking shape in Connecticut, and it just may have the strength to withstand a siege, thanks to the insulated concrete forms that make up the walls.

Most builders don't know about this energy-saving home construction

To overcome limitations of stick-built homes, more builders and homeowners are using an advanced building product called structural insulated panels (SIPs).

San Diego drafts energy-saving building code updates

New homes in San Diego could be built according to new codes that raise the cost of a new home but could pay for themselves in 18 months.

Are you missing the connection between Shark Week and green building?

Shark Week, the long-running summer Discovery Channel event devoted to all things shark, may seem to have a tenuous connection to green building.

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