Ducks Unlimited looks forward to working with House for vote of passage.
Our latest consumer survey shows that most people care about living sustainably, and that they understand that updating their home to include more green features increases its value.Download the press release.
Looking to network with like-minded, green building professionals? Check out our Green Goings On listing, which is regularly updated with information about important upcoming green conferences and events.
Earlier this year, Ford announced the MyEnergi Lifestyle initiative with partner companies, Whirlpool, SunPower, Eaton and Nest. Today, the MyEnergi Lifestyle partners are building on the collaboration by announcing the MyEnergi Lifestyle Retrofit contest in partnership with Katie Couric’s daytime talk show.
A vast majority of our audience indicated that they offer sustainable product options as upgrades…and 83% of respondents indicate that these green upgrades increase profits. The information below outlines the sustainable products that our readers offer as a part of their standard offering, as well as the most demanded green upgrades.
Recology’s Model Recycling Program Means Jobs and a Cleaner Environment.
Do you dread the arrival of your monthly utility bill? If you feel like you’re spending too much on energy, it’s likely that the culprit isn’t a neglected light switch but an energy-hogging appliance that’s to blame for your high utility bills.
On April 26, 2013, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA) introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act, which will help lower energy usage and utility bills through the targeted planting of residential shade trees. The legislation is being introduced on Friday, April 26 – National Arbor Day as well as the birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the founder of American landscape architecture.
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - April 24, 2013) - Colorado is breaking new ground by introducing a category for HERS rated homes into its multiple listing service (MLS), the database used by REALTORS® to list and find information about homes for sale. According to the Summit Daily, the Colorado Energy Office has been working with local communities statewide to add a "green fields" category to the Colorado MLS, which would specifically address the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the homes listed within the category.
With Eco-Friendly Building Supplies, Green Depot Thrives in the Construction Rebound
After Record 2012, World Wind Power Set to Top 300,000 Megawatts in 2013 Courtesy of Earth-Policy.org
From the U.S. Energy Information AdministrationSales of specialty incandescent bulbs decline despite exemption from efficiency standards
Turner Construction’s Green Building Market Barometer shows more green building on the horizon, less interest in LEED certification, and a focus on sustainable building as a cost saver.
SnuggPro an energy auditing and sales tool for residential contractors and auditors has been released nationwide. This cloud-based software is Windows, Mac, & iPad compatible and opens the door to the energy efficiency market for home improvement contractors.
It’s not always easy to keep track of the many financial incentives being offered to homeowners who want to make their homes more energy efficient. That’s why RESNET decided to create an infographic – to give you a clearer picture!
“Standard and Poor’s released their Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for the month of January today, and both the 10-city and 20-city composite indices increased from December.
Many have theorized that energy-efficient homes should have lower default risks than standard homes because the former are associated with lower energy costs, which leaves more money to make the mortgage payment. However, few empirical studies have been conducted due to limited data availability.
EPA Recognizes Southern Energy Management With 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award
The following information reflects results from a recent reader survey, in which we asked our audience of building professionals to list the product categories that they think are most influenced by sustainability. We have offer data that speaks to the importance of brand relative to green products.
Michael Deane, VP Chief Sustainability Officer at Turner Construction, one of the largest of the largest construction management companies in the U.S. (2011 construction volume of $8 billion), is optimistic about the future of green building.
CCAN applauds historic Maryland Senate vote; bill is now destined for Governor O'Malley's desk.
Market Leader Survey Shows 28 Percent Increase in Market Confidence vs. 2012, Highlights Several "Heartland" Markets Expected to Lead the Recovery
Veterans Administration American Lake Project Wins For
Public Sector Leadership
Uponor is continuing its momentum in the commercial sector with its 2013 Professional Webinar Series, which includes 13 sessions on relevant topics such as Pipe Sizing Commercial PEX-a Plumbing Systems, Hydronic Distribution with PEX-a, and Radiant Cooling in High-humidity Environments.
Energy Department Accelerates the Deployment of Advanced Vehicle Technologies with Private Industry Partnerships.Coca-Cola, Dell, Facebook, Hertz, and Others Partner with the Energy Department to Offer More Vehicle Fueling Options for Employees
While plastic refuse on land is a familiar eyesore as litter and a burden on our landfills, in the marine environment it can be lethal to sea creatures by way of ingestion or entanglement. Now, an important new study adds to a growing body of evidence that ocean plastic debris is also a threat to humans because plastics are vehicles for introducing toxic chemicals of three sources into the ocean food web.
Despite the continued challenges of the nation’s housing market, the number of homes that were energy rated and received a HERS Index Score increased in 2012. In 2012 there were 128,000 homes in the United States that were issued a HERS Index Score. This represented 35% of all new homes sold in the nation.
ATLANTA (Feb. 20, 2013) – ToolBank USA and Ames True Temper® announced today a partnership which will provide over $145,000 in True Temper® branded tools to ongoing ToolBank community efforts. The tools will be used by volunteers and charitable organizations for projects, both large and small, including building and renovation of community playgrounds, churches and community park updates, to name a few.
A report by the Conservation Law Foundation suggests that the nation’s aging natural gas infrastructure is in far worse shape than most people imagine—a situation that’s contributing to global warming and putting lives at risk.
According to a story by Paul Davidson in “USA Today,” The labor market quietly reached a milestone of sorts last month.
UL Environment Validates First Landfill Waste Diversion Claim; GAF Demonstrates Role as Sustainability Leader
Harvard University research center releases major report on remodeling industry
The keynote speaker at the 2013 RESNET Conference is a unique individual within the sustainability arena. Ron Jones is an internationally renowned pioneer of the green building movement. He is an award winning builder, architectural designer, and the only person ever to serve on the national Boards of Directors for both the U. S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Ron Jones is the founder of GREEN BUILDER®, co-founder of Green Builder Media LLC and Editorial Director of Green Builder Magazine. He is a Life Director and former National Vice President at the NAHB.
Our audience thought the insulation, lighting, window, appliance and HVAC categories have the most sustainable options. The categories they believe have the fewest sustainable options include cabinets, roofing, structural and countertops. The complete results are below.
Washington DC – According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, water, wind) accounted for 49.10% of all new domestic electrical generating capacity installed in the twelve months of 2012 for a total of 12,956 MW. More than a quarter of that new capacity (25.29% - 3,276 MW) came on-line in the month of December 2012 alone.
The Green Builder Coalition is proud to announce the launch of their inaugural software product, The Green Building Administrator (GBA). It is an online tool by which both users and Coalition members can compare and decide which green building program best fits their sustainable goals and their projects' requirements.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) applaud the recent approval of the 2012 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.
A new study of consumer buying trends shows that green product messaging is finally getting through to this tough audience—at least in some categories.
White House rhetoric about "green collar" jobs and energy independence may have helped President Barack Obama win re-election in November, but will he deliver?
A new study shows that even when ventilation standards are met, CO2 levels indoors can rise so high that it becomes hard to think clearly.
The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) recently produced an instructional 3-part video series along with pictorial guides to assist insulation contractors, home energy raters and home insulation installers in meeting RESNET Grade I criteria with fiber glass and rock and slag wool batt insulation.
Hazleton, PA – RenewABILITY Energy (REI) USA and Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® announced today that they have established an agreement to help home owners affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey by installing Power-Pipe® Drain Water Heat Recovery systems free of charge during any repairs made by Benjamin Franklin.
Dow Building Solutions has teamed up with MainStreet America® (MSA), a new home and home product theme park, to help create the nation’s first comprehensive green building demonstration site. Now to the public starting, the Houston complex consists of 12 showcase homes that demonstrate best practices from several major green building programs, and showcases the latest in state-of-the art building products and services. A combination of high performing insulation and air sealing products from Dow Building Solutions were used to create a tight building envelope and help optimize the energy efficiency and long-term performance of the 2,622 square foot Wakefield Home. The main goal of the Wakefield Home is to demonstrate the MainStreet America Energy Plus program.
DuPont released its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report on November 29, marking the company’s 20th year reporting on its progress against its sustainability goals. “We remain focused on sustainable growth using a holistic approach that is fully integrated into our business models,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer. “In the beginning, our focus included human safety and environmental protection. More recently, sustainability has become a market-driven business priority throughout our value chains.
A computerized device converts tree ring data into melodies and sounds.
3,700 Solar Panels Cover Two Football-Field-Size Roof to Produce Power, Savings and Green Benefits for Owner, Tenants and City
Roswell, GA (December 5, 2012) – Boral Composites Inc. announced today it has achieved the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its Boral TruExterior® Trim facility located in East Spencer, North Carolina. A newly constructed manufacturing plant completed in 2011 with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) providing design and construction services, the facility obtained its green designation in the New Construction and Major Renovations category. Boral manufactures Boral TruExterior® Trim, a “first of its kind” sustainable building product pioneering the new poly-ash category of exterior trim.
Call for Development Committee experts for ANSI Rainwater Collection Standard
Pick your favorite products!
Challenge created to inspire safe and healthy materials for affordable homes
Inspired by the success of their Solar Decathlon project in 2009, the University of Minnesota School of Design, students are collaborating with local residents to design two Net-Zero prototype homes that will be built in 2013.
BOSTON – Nov. 13, 2012 – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division today announced a $500,000 pilot program to help local communities identify energy efficiency, renewable energy and other clean energy strategies to meet local energy needs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 13, 2012) – As California is poised to implement Assembly Bill 32 and launch the state’s landmark cap-and-trade program, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) has released a report detailing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as they relate to geothermal.
The State of Arizona isn't known for its political progressiveness--but saving money may bridge political divisions. A new report suggests that adopting the latest energy code would keep cash in the pockets of State residents.
RALEIGH, N.C., (November 12, 2012) – “Contrary to election-year rhetoric, the economy is inching its way to improvement, and the construction industry has not stopped working,” according to the third quarter 2012 Construction Outlook report by FMI, the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry. Released today, the industry forecast is calling for an 8 percent increase in total construction put in place for 2013. Contributing to this positive forecast is more robust growth in residential construction, as well as a few strong markets in nonresidential and non-building construction.
Respondents Indicated a Widespread Commitment to Sustainable Practices
How to be sure your roof is in good condition after the dust has settled
Hurricane restoration will spur regional activity
Burn Wise is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that emphasizes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe.
The trending data shows that Green Builder’s audience is embracing new technology in the field. The data also shows that sustainability in having a much more significant influence in the consumers decision making process when building or retrofitting their house. Not unexpectedly, the contractors that engage in sustainable practices say it is becoming an even greater competitive advantage. Review the data below to see the momentous changes that took place in one year.
The owner of RD Architecture, LLC, a residential architectural firm in Houston, Kathleen Reardon, specializes in integrating energy efficient green design into projects that reflect each client’s personality and lifestyle. With numerous accolades, including designing the first LEED Gold Certified home in Houston, as well as a Mayoral Proclamation, Kathleen is committed to protecting the environment and raising awareness. She currently serves as the 2012 ASES Houston Solar Tour Director.
Firm Releases Annual U.S. Markets Construction Overview
AMBLER, PA – Homeowners looking to make smart, energy-efficient investments in their homes should always start with ENERGY STAR® qualified products. That’s the advice of Mark Clement, host of the MyFixitUpLife home improvement radio show and website.
Marvin¹s Smart Performance Promotion offers $5,000 toward energy-efficient windows and doors
In this new age of evolving plug-and-play appliances, electronics, and even automobiles, NOVI Industries, Inc. is innovating traditional bathroom construction methods by manufacturing custom-built, prefabricated modular bathrooms with the introduction of InoviaPods.
The “Top Ten” items are selected on the basis of issues about which the Green Builder Coalition has either been contacted directly or is monitoring for effect on the green building industry. The items may change from report to report, as they become resolved or have significant updates.
ICC and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) have partnered to release a new technical publication, Guidelines for Complying With Energy Code Requirements for Roof Assemblies: International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 and 2012 Editions. The book assists with effective roof construction which is a critical element of energy conservation.
New paint formula offers all-in-one solution for stain-blocking, sealing, painting, and protecting.
With an interior volume of 150,000 cubic feet – nearly six times the size of an average North American new home – this event facility’s annual electric heating bill is expected to be less than $600
First of its Kind Survey Reveals Areas of Strength and Opportunities for Improvement
The company has designed the CIGS technology-based façade and a patented PV walkable floor to build a self-sufficient house.
When students returned to P.S. 41 in New York City’s Greenwich Village for the start of the new school year, they found a wonderful resource finally ready for them.
ESA highlighted its comprehensive solar capabilities, from EPC to O&M and monitoring, at this year’s Solar Power International tradeshow.
Interest in kitchen remodels is heating up as both kitchen and bath remodeling projects have increased by 17 percent from two years ago, and a new study conducted by luxury appliance brand Thermador reveals what today’s American kitchen remodelers are looking for more than ever is induction cooktops.
Your green products are often the face of your company's sustainability efforts. Customers are now looking beyond your products to better understand your corporate policies and business practices as they evaluate the environmental impact of their suppliers. We asked our audience if your sustainability efforts impact their purchasing decisions, and which sustainability activities that matter most to them.
According to Ehren Goossens in the Bloomberg Businessweek article “U.S. Solar Installs More Than Doubled in Second Quarter,” it isn’t residential or non-residential projects that are responsible for U.S. Solar-panel installations more than doubling in the second quarter of this year from a year earlier.
As green building professionals continue to search for new ways to make the energy used at their LEED projects more environmentally sustainable, many are looking beyond traditional energy conservation and efficiency technologies and are considering how they can use clean, renewable energy to power their buildings.
Enough sunlight falls on the earth’s surface every hour to meet the entire world’s energy needs for one year. A plot of roughly 100 miles by 100 miles in the American Southwest, if covered with today’s industry-standard 15-to-20-percent-efficient solar panels, could generate enough power for the entire United States.
There is an emerging business opportunity for certified RESNET Home Energy Raters with multifamily buildings. The U.S. multifamily housing stock is aging. The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies estimates that the average age of the nation’s multifamily housing stock is 38 years. This means that there are many opportunities for making cost effective energy upgrades to multifamily buildings. Aging multifamily housing and increasing energy costs also provides an opportunity to preserve affordable housing.
Public Health, Conservation and Wildlife Groups Urge EPA to Issue Rule on Chemical Oil Dispersants
Vista, CA – August 7, 2012 - A study conducted by two engineers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands calculated how much water is used around the world and which countries have the highest consumption rates.*
The following information was released by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (Massachusetts):BOSTON – Friday, August 3, 2012 - The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) today approved National Grid’s Smart Grid pilot program, a big step in furthering Massachusetts’ clean energy revolution. This smart grid pilot, pursuant to the Green Communities Act of 2008, includes approximately 15,000 customers in Worcester, or 1.2 percent of National Grid’s electricity customers, and promises to result in rich information regarding the potential deployment of smart grid in the Commonwealth.
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2012 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today said that the state’s utilities have met the goal of serving 20 percent of their electricity with renewable energy and are already on track to far surpass that goal in 2012.
We asked our audience who they think are the key influencers in driving green building market growth, who most often initiates sustainability conversations, and who has the most influence when selecting green products. Check out our research to learn more about who you need to reach in order to get your products specified.
In a recent interview, Green Builder Media heard from Peter Orser, President of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company; Steven J. Hilton, Chairman & CEO of Meritage Home; and Sheryl Palmer, President & CEO of Taylor Morrison about design trends for the next decade. While the three leaders clearly had differing growth strategies, they each confirmed their optimism about the future of the building industry.
Des Plaines, Illinois, July 23, 2012—The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is revealing the latest from the NARI Second Quarterly Business Review—and it is positive news.
MORRISVILLE, NC - Builders have a new option designed to make implementing energy efficiency improvements more efficient, through “ecoHOME,” a program developed by Southern Energy Management (SEM). For years, builders have been adapting to changes from various other programs that are becoming more specialized and, often, more complicated. The purpose of ecoHOME is to simplify procedural requirements while maximizing the home’s health, comfort and energy efficiency.
Green labeling of houses gets serious as builders nationwide embrace publishing the HERS ratings of their homes.
Innovative new application helps local governments run a friendly competition for their business communities, saving millions in energy costs and following leads of Chicago, Houston, 8 others
Crossville Products Honored with International Green GOOD DESIGNTM Award
Program recognizes companies worldwide with the best sustainable designs
(Irvine, CA – July 18, 2012) –Solidifying its position as the leading dishwasher brand in North America, Bosch home appliances is proud to announce that its complete line of dishwashers have been ranked highest in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates in its 2012 Kitchen Appliances Study.
MISSISAUGA, ON, July 6, 2012 -- BASF’s WALLTITE® Eco polyurethane foam insulation/air barrier was classified as a finalist in Quebec’s second annual Concours Écoconception 2012, an event which recognizes innovative and sustainable initiatives in the Province of Quebec.
U.S. municipalities will benefit from comprehensive stormwater management offerings
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has named Uponor one of its Top Workplaces for 2012.
Armstrong® linoleum sheet flooring products, including Marmorette, Linorette, Colorette, Granette and UniWalton, has been awarded the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) certified biobased product label through the USDA BioPreferred® program, indicating a biobased content of 100%.
New Worldwatch Institute report discusses worldwide developments in oil production and consumption
The future Valatie Free Library's Evergreen Project for the Library We Want on Kinderhook Street in Valatie, New York, will be a near Net-Zero building
Manufacturer Diverts 11.2 Million Pounds of Fired Porcelain from Landfills, 100% of Tile Produced Contains Recycled Content
CARMEL, Indiana — June 15, 2012 — WomenCertified® awarded Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, with the 2012 Women's Choice Award in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems Category. The award was based on a WomenCertified Brand Preference Survey developed in part through a joint study with the Wharton School of Business.
KB Home celebrates first of its kind home in the Washington, D.C. area with local students and government officials
This month, Louisiana and South Carolina passed benefit corporation legislation, becoming the first states in the South, and the 8th and 9th in the country, to grant more freedom and legal protection to businesses that seek to create value for society, not just shareholders.
Get inspired by Green Builder® Media’s educational sessions at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles!
Earth Policy Release
June 14, 2012
World hydroelectric power generation has risen steadily by an average 3 percent annually over the past four decades. In 2011, at 3,500 billion kilowatt-hours, hydroelectricity accounted for roughly 16 percent of global electricity generation, almost all produced by the world’s 45,000-plus large dams. Today hydropower is generated in over 160 countries.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has decided to change the Builders Challenge program's name to the DOE Challenge Home.
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Housing markets are showing signs of reviving, concludes The State of the Nation’s Housing report released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
Washington, DC - (June 13, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants.
Washington -- A new online calculator from American Rivers lets individuals discover the benefits of installing green roofs on their homes and businesses. Green roofs are gaining popularity as cities look for cost-effective ways to protect and restore clean water.
Sustainia, a Danish organization focused on creating solutions for a sustainable future, has released their first City Guide, the Guide to Copenhagen 2025. The Guide, written in conjunction with city officials, outlines current and future development plans for Copenhagen, with information about buildings, businesses, harbors, parks, and technologies that the city will employ to become more sustainable.
USA Today has added to the continuing coverage of RESNET's HERS Index.
California-based non-profit expands its “deconstruct and reuse” in first national contest, showcasing innovative projects built predominantly from used materials normally sent to landfills
COLUMBUS, OHIO – For many people, Daylight Savings Time can’t come fast enough on the calendar each year. The addition of an hour of natural light each day energizes and motivates them to accomplish more in a day.
New book illustrates how food insecurity, malnutrition, obesity, and cultural disconnection plague the global agricultural system and demand solutions from around the world
What: On June 14, 2012 the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University will hold a press conference to release its signature annual report, The State of the Nation’s Housing 2012. The report provides a periodic assessment of the nation’s housing outlook and summarizes important trends in the economics and demographics of housing. The report continues to earn national recognition as a source of information regularly utilized by housing researchers, industry analysts, policy makers, and the business community. An embargoed copy of the report will be released on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. (ET)
(Note: It will be embargoed until Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET.)
WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan group of Members of Congress sent a letter this week to Rick Fedrizzi, President & CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, urging USGBC to “accept all credible forest management certification systems for qualification under the LEED rating system,” because it “will provide a great incentive for the utilization of domestically produced forest products.”
Greeting to our manufacturer friends and partners,For our August 2012 Building Science issue, we're taking an approach that I think will interest you.
Washington, DC — The Appraisal Foundation has begun its annual search for qualified candidates to serve on the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB). Completed applications for these vacancies must be received by August 1, 2012.
New York, NY – May 17, 2012 – The construction industry is concerned about skilled worker shortages, according to a new SmartMarket Report from McGraw-Hill Construction entitled “Construction Industry Workforce Shortages: Role of Certification, Training and Green Jobs in Filling the Gaps.” It is the first study to focus exclusively on design and construction professionals and trade workers.
Washington, D.C. (May 16, 2012): Energy and water efficiency standards released today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will deliver clothes washers that use as much as 35 percent less energy and water and dishwashers that use about 14 percent less energy and 23 percent less water.
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Can the roof of your house help you breathe easier by reducing the amount of harmful pollutants from urban air? "Yes," claims John Renowden, vice president of technology at Boral Roofing, a U.S. company that has introduced a line of roof tiles that they say have pollution-busting properties.
Green Builder® magazine is looking for the best green homes that include sustainable features, innovative design, whole home performance, and integration with the natural environment.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 1- Eleven builders, remodelers and other home building industry professionals were honored yesterday as winners of the National Green Building Awards by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The awards were presented April 30 during the 14th annual National Green Building Conference held in Nashville, Tenn.
Energy efficiency efforts become commonplace in new construction and remodeling projects, while remodelers place high value on waste management and sustainable materials.
Los Angeles city officials’ recent approval of a major new rooftop solar program, the feed-in tariff (FiT), provides a huge opportunity to generate clean, local energy.
We surveyed our audience on three essential factors in influencing the selection of sustainable building products. This included the biggest market drivers, who introduces sustainability into the conversation and who ultimately has the biggest influence in product selection.
Green Builder Media debuted its VISION House in Innoventions at Epcot® on Earth Day.
Cambridge, MA – After two years of bouncing around a bottom, remodeling activity is expected to pick up later this year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Stronger pending home sales and continuing low interest rates are contributing to the rise. The LIRA projects annual spending will see healthy growth in 2012, ending the year up 5.9 percent.
Enter to win a piece of the VISION House® in the Your Home Your VISION Giveaway! Visit Nexia Home Intelligence on Facebook and enter to win a Nexia Home Intelligence package including the same products featured in the VISION House®.
(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation, North America’s leading brand of building products, is celebrating the upcoming summer season by kicking off an Exterior Living Spaces™ Home Makeover Video Contest. Through the Facebook® contest, one lucky winner will receive $75,000 worth of exterior building products, including installation. Featured products include CertainTeed’s expansive selection of vinyl and fiber cement siding, roofing, housewrap, decking, railing, fence and trim — everything needed to create a homeowner’s dream outdoor oasis. CertainTeed will also include landscaping and deck furniture.
Daytona Beach, FL, April 11, 2012 - Masco Home Services, Inc. has announced that it has entered into collaboration with BASF Corporation on a new sustainable residential construction program – BEYOND Applied Building Science - that can help homebuilders construct homes that outperform conventional, code-built homes. The program combines high-performance BASF products and Masco Home Services’ Environments For Living® program’s advanced principles of building science into a program for builders that can benefit homebuyers.
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April 10, 2012White House Highlights Chad and Jodi Ray as “Champions of Change” for their Efforts to Advance Corporate Environmental Sustainability
Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs 2012 showcases the planet's growing demand for food and energy, its shrinking resources, and the implications of this dilemma
Homeowners Can Easily Participate in Earth Day by Using Daylight and Keeping Electric Lights Turned Off
After 5 years developing an all-encompassing multi-attribute sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials, the very first certified sustainable products are being announced.
WASHINGTON, DC – For the fourth year in a row, the National Park Foundation has decided to package the official White House Easter Egg in a gift box made from paperboard certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
A new model code for constructing and remodeling buildings is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council.
Green Builder Media's CEO, Sara Gutterman, will be on MyFixitUpLife next Thursday, March 29th at Noon EST.
The 11th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo Returns April 26, 2012 as Southern California's Leading Sustainability and Green Building Event Focused on MunicipalitiesReception Keynote by Eric Corey Freed and Keynote Panel Moderated by Craig Perkins
Major milestone achieved for the global green building market
Washington, D.C. (March 21, 2012) – Today the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) announced a call for entries for the second annual GEA Honors.
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (March 15, 2012) – Exel, the North American leader in supply chain management and a Deutsche Post DHL company, was a key partner in the DuPont Building Innovations Drive to Zero landfill program. Earlier this year Exel’s Lockport, N.Y., facility was acknowledged for its role in the Drive to Zero landfill program, which was honored with a 2011 DuPont Sustainable Growth Excellence Award for making a significant contribution to the sustainable growth mission of DuPont. Drive to Zero was recognized for achieving its goal of reducing DuPont Building Innovations’ environmental footprint from 81 million pounds of landfill waste annually to zero in only three years.
It may be more than you think.
The earth is home to 7 billion people, each of whom "drinks" on average over a gallon of water per day. But what about those people who fall below average due to lack of resources? With the population set to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, we all need to consider shrinking our "water footprint" by using fewer water-intensive products in order to help those who need more water merely to survive.
Americans saved nearly $230 billion in two decades
On Monday, March 19th from 1pm to 3pm we will be holding a Demonstration Event at VISION House Los Angeles. Schluter-Systems will be demonstrating their products and you will also have the chance to see the Radiant Floor Heating system by Uponor North America and the cabinets from Kitchen Craft being installed!If you have any questions, email email@example.comFor more information on VISION House Los Angeles, or our VISION House series, click here.
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A "Behind the Walls" Sustainability Day was held at VISION House Los Angeles in January.
Founded in 1988, The Bozzuto Group is a privately held, integrated real estate services organization that includes 6 companies. They create quality homes and extraordinary communities—some 35,000 residences to date—while maintaining the utmost respect for the environment.
Green Builder announces the addition of Mark Johnson to our team. Mark will serve as the Director of Social and Virtual Media. Green Builder is now helping companies launch their social media programs and also help enhance their current programs.
Project, expected to be among the largest of its kind, will make solar-powered, net-zero homes available in five states.
The greatest single impediment to the construction of energy efficient homes is the fact that appraisers and mortgage underwriters don’t assign any value to efficiency improvements. Simply stated, a low appraisal means a builder could potentially lose money on energy efficient improvements at the closing table.
Andersen converts its fleet, reduces emissions by 28 percent.
New Orleans, Albuquerque, Houston losing trees.
New white paper puts a whopping price tag on the possible energy savings of multifamily buildings.
Insulated vinyl comes out on top.
The green home market is expected to increase five-fold by 2016, up from a $17 billion opportunity today, says a new McGraw-Hill Construction Study.
Green Builder Media, North America’s leading media company focused on sustainable living, recently announced Exciting New Project Developments At the VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®
Marcus Eriksen will be leading another fascinating voyage, this one to research plastic ocean debris in waters off Japan littered by the country's devastating tsunami.
Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEThe Appraisal Institute this week announced its support for a new tool that will assist appraisers and others seeking to establish the value of a property’s solar-powered features.
Infiniti Real Estate and Development (Infiniti RED) is a women-owned, cooperatively managed real estate, consulting and development firm based in Seattle. They believe in integrity first, excellent customer service, innovation and adaptability, and work to integrate the principles of sustainability into all that they do.
Pella SmartSync to integrate with Lowe's Iris smart home system.
U.S. Green Building Council releases list of top U.S. states for LEED-certified projects in 2011.
Special report on energy behavior programs.
Maine executive order puts forest certification on equal footing.
The United States needs to take a page out of Amsterdam's book if it wants to break the oil addiction.
The EPA approves three new refrigerants that could help reduce global warming.
A new book from Harvard says greater efficiencies possibly in home building.
We asked our audience for their opinion on green washing, the importance of brand when selecting green products and if manufacturers need to be more innovative.
On-Bill financing extends opportunities for energy efficiency investments to historically underserved markets such as multifamily housing and small business.
Green Builder Media, North America’s leading media company focused on sustainable living, recently announced its plans to construct the VISION House, a green home exhibit in INNOVENTIONS located in the heart of Epcot®.
As 2012 quickly approaches we surveyed our audience on their projections for the new year.
EPA honors 19 organizations for leadership in clean energy.
Boral Stone launches Versetta Stone Universal Corner, which boasts 50% recycled content.
Ward Receives Fowler Award; Boswell is Code Official of the Year; Kraus Earns Fire Service Award; Falcone Receives Community Service Award; Nickson Earns Affiliate Award
This new pop-up shop allows companies to take their green message on the road.
Solar generation program would produce enough electricity to power 6,000 homes.
Protecting birds may get you LEED credits.
The solar jobs report shows 6.8% growth over 2010.
A Michigan builder attributes green for his sales success in a down market.
Mohawk ranks in Newsweek's Top 500 Green Companies for third consecutive year.
Tell your clients about about this little-known part of protecting their sustainable investment.
Carrier helps grow the green building movement with a comprehensive global education initiative.
The Environmental Media Association honors green shows.
Scientists at University of California, Riverside to perform first-of-its-kind study to evaluate emission reduction benefits of hybrid bulldozer and excavator.
New USDA study says wood is the greenest green building material.
Maryland wins overall; Appalachian State garners People's Choice
This Forbes commentary asks whether green commercial buildings are a bonafide buzz or balderdash.
Research released at Greenbuild shows green job growth.
A new report puts renewables at 12.25% of domestic energy production, surpassing nuclear by 18%, closing in on oil.
Google gears up to promote solar power in homes.
GAF helps builders find green roof solutions.
Green building, sustainability consultant and author, Jerry Yudelson will lead a leading edge workshop on EcoDistricts and Campus Planning at GreenBuild International in Toronto
In a down market, does having a green home make "cents"?
Solar scandal notwithstanding, DOE plows ahead with solar initiatives.
A new report offers the first national review of building energy rating and disclosure policies in the United States.
Traditional grass lawns come at a high social, economic, and environmental cost. But change is coming.
Envision Homes commits to marketing the HERS Index of all their homes.
Energy Star is now available for new multifamily high-rise buildings.
Builders push green homes to stand out in foreclosure-filled U.S. market.
Adoption of International Green Construction Code spreads across the United States.
The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation introduced last month in the U.S. House of Representatives could help homeowners finance energy improvements through property tax assessments.
Green Builder® College Announces Winners of Scholarships
Follow Dr. Marcus Eriksen of Algalita Marine Research Foundation throughout their 3 week expedition through the North Pacific Gyre.
Miami wants to be known as an eco-friendly city. They are off to a good start with this contemporary beauty.
GAF sponsors “Find a Recycler” Section of ShingleRecycling.org to pave the way for more reuse of asphalt shingles.
Landmark legislation points the way to a more energy-efficient future for The Tar Heel State.
Salt Lake City developer requires HERS rating on all homes in community.
New Town Builders breaks ground on a net-zero project that uses a "double wall" system to attain efficiency.
Green Builder Media recently conducted a survey of our readers to measure their mobile device and social media usage. Here are the devices they are using to communicate and manage their business:
Green Builder is a finalist in 7 categories in the AZBEE Awards (American Society of Business Publication Editors)
The controversy is heating up in Washington over how to treat fly ash, a popular cement additive.
Could your next project be floating?
Green Builder Media partners with Boral on Sustainability Sessions at PCBC.
Have you heard about the huge, floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific ocean?
Green Builder Media partners with Structure Home for VISION House project in Los Angeles
Green Builder College partners with SIPA to offer online learning.
The majority of consumers perceive their homes as minimally green.
What does universal design have to do with building green? Everything.
Want your product to be featured on the cover of Green Builder? Green Builder has a high-impact program that will promote your product on the cover as a giveaway. Better yet, you'll receive the leads of all who register to win it.
Meritage announces the nation’s first net-zero energy production homes.
More house shopping ... less driving.
Whether you're thinking about starting a green multi-family project or a pro, you'll pick up a few good tips from this exceptional infill project in Portland, Maine.
Green Builder Media supports the American Red Cross and their efforts to help Japan. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Please help and donate today!
In addition to energy-efficient building, Habitat adds fire sprinklers for occupant safety
Corporations should tout their sustainability efforts with actions, not words.
A new study by the EPA finds that a home's proximity to mass transit is at least as important as how the home is built and how the family car is used.
Participate in our latest research project.
When a tornado leveled Greensburg, Kan., the town rebuilt itself as a model green development. Here’s a look at what’s been accomplished and where this intrepid town is headed.
Two innovative green show homes wow builders at IBS.
Energy efficiency expertise comes in handy when new opportunities emerge.
Proof that new homes can be energy efficient and affordable,
The WaterSense designation represents a marketing opportunity for builders.
A new report explores the potential of graywater reuse.
Coalition of groups urges strong action to curb smog.
New organization created to support sustainable development
Who said that conferences and building science education need to be dull?
A new report offers an eco-efficiency analysis comparing Astroturf and natural grass.
Energy-consuming public is the beneficiary as governmental officials substantially improve international energy conservation code.
The North American Copper in Architecture awards program showcases the top U.S. and Canadian projects.
The EPA adds more members to its WaterSense program.
A $37 Million program has made San Jose the first city in the nation to offer a solid network of electric vehicle charging stations.
Mayors across the United States put their weight behind stricter green standards.
Fannie and Freddie seem overly cautious about the PACE green lending program.
New research from Switzerland finds wide differences in efficiency.
Green Builder Media adds enhanced functionality to Green Builder College.
Your road map to a new level of excellence in home building.
A new report sheds light on how much our national coal/oil agenda costs.
A boutique condo earns first low-rise LEED-Platinum.
Affordable green housing gets a $4 billion boost.
Use Solar Day as a way to highlight your company's green philosophy.
On April 29, GreenExpo365 presents "The Ins/Outs of Certified Wood" with SFI's Kathy Abusow.
Dominic Sims sat down with GreenExpo365.com members in an open discussion on the International Green Construction Code (IGCC)
As Congress debates the passage of President Obama’s Homestar program, here’s a quick look at what it is and how it will impact your business.
A just released study from Duke University finds that contrary to conventional "wisdom," North Carolina could supply all of its energy needs through a combination of renewable sources that don't include nuclear power.
As home foreclosures reach stunning levels, only green homes seem to offer an island in the economic storm.
While loss of wetlands in the West, Midwest and Northwest has diminished, the Southeast is still a trouble spot, and one that's gettting a hard look from regulators.
The federal budget for 2010 includes more than $10 billion for the EPA, a $3 billion increase over 2009, with empasis on water and cleaning up old industrial sites.
The Green Builder Media team will bring innovation and optimism to the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Stop by and meet our editors.
A new, coated bulb is being marketed as a way to capture airborne mercury, improving the safety of CFLs.