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400 builders commit to Energy Star homes in 2012
Sustainable Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although we wonder how many new homes will be built in 2012, 400 of the nation's builders pledged they will meet newly upgraded Energy Star standards, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The 400 builders include six of the country's largest - Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, KB Home, Meritage Homes, M/I Homes and NVR, Inc. More

Monopoly for forest certification is wrong
The Vancouver Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine a situation in which an activist group with certain political ambitions and close ties to a computer manufacturer engaged in a campaign of threats against specific retailers. Targeted retailers were told that they must buy computers from only a select manufacturer (the one closely associated with the activist group) and no other, to the detriment of the retailer, market competition and consumers at large. More

First national green building code approved
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For the first time, the U.S. has a national green building code. The International Green Construction Code (IgCC), approved last week after two years of development, applies to all new and renovated commercial buildings and residential buildings over three stories high. More

MicroPro® SCS EPP Certified

Osmose MicroPro Technology was the first, and is the only, wood treatment process to be certified as an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP), by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), based on Life-Cycle Assessment.

Green builders press for accurate appraisal values for energy-efficient homes
DC Green Building Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the real estate market has declined, so have appraisal values. Appraisers, once seemingly over-eager to ratchet up home values for everyone's benefit but the homeowner, have apparently put it in reverse, hurting builders more than any other group. NAHB, the National Association of Home Builders, has been pressing the industry to make a change. And it's not without merit. More

LEED's reach grows despite grim economy, but slower than hoped    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
LEED registration soars overseas and continues to edge upward in the United States, but growth seems to be slowing, prompting a concern that progress in green building must accelerate mightily to counter the threats posed by climate change, according to the latest Green Building Market and Impact Report. More

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Wood a natural in green construction
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A report released in October from the U.S. Forest Service found that using wood in building products yielded fewer greenhouse gases than other common building materials, such as concrete and steel. According to the report, which analyzed dozens of peer-reviewed scientific studies, 2.1 tons of greenhouse gases were saved for each ton of carbon in wood products versus nonwood materials. More

Factoring energy efficiency into a home's value
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When you apply for a mortgage to buy a house, how often does the lender ask detailed questions about monthly energy costs or tell the appraiser to factor in the energy-efficiency features of the house when coming up with a value? Hardly ever. That's because the big three mortgage players — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration, which together account for more than 90 percent of all loan volume — typically don't consider energy costs in underwriting. More

As Energy Star 3 approaches, builders work to get ahead
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By the time the new Energy Star 3.0 requirements kick in on Jan. 1, Fulton Homes in Arizona will already have a year's worth of experience with the requirements under its belt. "We were pioneers," said Dennis Webb, the Tempe, Ariz.–based builder's vice president of operations. For Fulton, complying early with the new, stricter codes gave it a head start on the local competition. Promises of energy efficiency are one way the builder has differentiated its products from competition. More

Advancing building codes for energy efficiency a challenge
The State Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Can West Virginia afford to adopt a more energy efficient residential building code? Can it afford not to? These hard questions are on the table as green building proponents prepare for a second attempt at updating West Virginia's energy efficiency code for residences. The questions were discussed Nov. 15 at "Will West Virginia's Building Code Go High Performance?" a discussion offered before the Nov. 16-18 Mid-Atlantic Energy Efficient Building Conference in Morgantown. More

Independents Do it Best
Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.41 billion, Do it Best Corp. serves more than 4,000 member-owned locations in the United States and in 50 foreign countries. more

Making his mark
EcoHome Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though Tom Kelly has led Neil Kelly Co. for 20 years, recent decisions for the business were what caught the attention of the Fred Case Award judges, who were impressed by the company's three dynamic growth areas in home performance, handyman work and acquisitions. In an industry where company expansion by making even one purchase is a rare accomplishment, Kelly has spearheaded several successful acquisitions. More

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