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Posts tagged ‘energy’

Does green mean small?

July 15th, 2010

A blog entry on BUILDER Online posed a provocative question: Can big homes be green? The answer, as with most things, is “it depends.” As everyone knows, there’s been a shift away from McMansions. Not only can they cost more to build, but they’ll also be more expensive to heat and cool — not to […]

This week’s Builder Blog post examines what the next ten years will bring for building trends, practices and products. New ideas and technologies will be shaped by consumer needs and wants for the home, builder preferences and societal trends. The environment will have a say, as well; as our growing population requires more resources and […]

The New Remodeling Rules WSJ – Personal Finance “According to an April 15 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, annual spending on remodeling is expected to accelerate this year, with nearly 5% growth over 2009. This year could produce the first annual spending increase for the industry since 2006, the […]

A recent Newsweek article by Cathleen McGuigan discusses the phenomenon of iconic architecture and experimental design that was fostered by the economic boom of the late 90s. Now, as we climb out of the recession, architects seem to have learned the lesson along with the rest of the population: bigger, more extravagant building isn’t always […]

Integrity in USA Today

June 28th, 2010

An Oak Park, Ill., home was recently featured in USA Today’s Green House blog. It’s a beauty: a painstakingly built home that doesn’t seem new. It fits comfortable into its traditional neighborhood, and as Green House notes, “A passerby would be hard-pressed…to pick it out.” Nonetheless, the home is very modern in its energy efficiency: […]

Energy Star under fire, faces major overhaul Inhabitat “The Energy Star Program may be facing a major overhaul after congressional auditors reported that they were able to receive certification for a number of ridiculous fake products including a gasoline-powered alarm clock. Maine’s Senator Susan Collins announced that this week she will be proposing changes to […]

“Smart grid” technology, which uses digital technology to monitor and control electricity flow into homes and businesses, is not as far off as you might think. A recent article in Professional Remodeler called smart grid technology — “including the development of custom and web-based display panels that show real-time home energy use, and even real-time […]

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