The current economic slowdown has brought all facets of the building industry to a virtual standstill, as falling consumer spending and home values force businesses and homeowners to curtail all but the most essential construction and repairs.
In Turner Construction's 2008 Green Building Market Barometer survey of 754 commercial real estate executives, a significant percentage of respondents view green buildings as having lower operating costs and higher building values, rent requirements, occupancy rates and overall return on investment
According to a recent study by Frost & Sullivan, a major international industry research firm, renewable energy is gaining ground in North America as global in-ground fossil fuel reserves continue to dwindle and oil prices fluctuate.
Most facilities have a hidden source of cash within their walls. People working in the energy-reduction field know that usually at least a 10 percent savings in energy can be achieved with a payback measured in less than two years, and often right in next month’s utility bill.
In the drive for energy-efficient buildings, perfection is net-zero energy. Such tightly constructed buildings also produce their own energy, ultimately offsetting the energy they expend. Some produce more than they use and can sell the excess back to the utility.
Energy is a big focus of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package. As a result, efforts to make our current electrical transmission and distribution system “smarter” will be getting a boost.
The International Code Council (ICC) develops model codes regulating construction of residential and commercial buildings, one of which is the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Most states have a commercial or residential energy code that is based on some version of the IECC.
While the dominant theme at ISC West was going digital and networking, the 2009 Lightfair International was all about going green—how smart use of lighting can make big reductions in energy consumption.
President Obama has made no secret about the role he sees for renewable power in the nation’s energy future. To his credit, his administration has backed up words with a sizable investment of stimulus funds.
According to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), green building, also known as sustainable or high-performance building, is the practice of creating structure and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s life cycle.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the future of green jobs. The Obama administration, for example, has invested heavily in renewable power to help the nation launch a massive economic recovery. At least one state is following the president’s lead. This spring, New Jersey Gov. Jon S.
Transforming the traditional home into an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient structure requires vision, creativity and innovative thinking. Home builders are taking steps to show they are up to the task.
The founder of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has completed the highest-scoring green home renovation since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes green building rating system launched in January 2008.
Preliminary findings from a study conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) note a strong demand for sustainable housing at all income levels, even in the current housing market.
Navigating today's uncertain economic waters demands strong planning, sharp instincts and steady nerves. Fortunately, remodeling provides some ballast during construction downturns. Green remodeling could be an attractive addition to a recessionary survival kit.
A new kind of social experiment in the works at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) aims to demonstrate how energy-efficient dormitory design can translate into long-term savings, according to a recent article in Architect magazine.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will again honor excellence in green residential design and construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts with the 2009 NAHB National Green Building Awards on May 8 in Dallas at the 11th annual Green Building Conference.