August 14, 2012
What Do Homebuyers Really Want in a Green Home?
When it comes to green building, consumers care about and are willing to pay for more than just energy efficiency. Consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their understanding of a comprehensive approach to green construction, and they are rewarding builders who can respond to more than just energy efficiency.
July 27, 2012
Key Building Practices in a Mixed-Humid Climate
After a two-year field investigation, the NAHB Research has identified some optimal building practices for preventing excessive moisture content in wood framing members and structural sheathing.
July 13, 2012
Switching Building Products
Fear of the unknown may discourage you from trying a new or innovative product, but the reward may far outweigh the risk. Find out the key questions you should ask to try to minimize the risk you are taking, and weigh the costs versus the benefits of making a product switch.
June 15, 2012
Effective Moisture Management Strategies
Creating a tight building envelope is only one part of the equation in creating a high-performing, energy-efficient house. If the strategies for creating a tight building envelope are not coupled with strategies for letting accumulated moisture out of wall cavities, it can be a recipe for disaster.
June 1, 2012
Best Practices for Creating Affordable Green Homes
Green building, once widely perceived to be a “luxury” approach to home building, can be a viable solution for both builders and consumers in the affordable market.
May 25, 2012
Consumers Are Willing to Pay for Quality
Today’s homebuyers want energy-efficient, low-maintenance, well-insulated and well-sealed homes. Data has shown that consumers are willing to pay a premium for these types of homes and that they are typically more satisfied with them than with their previous, less efficient homes.
May 11, 2012
Building Envelope & Air Sealing Design
The key to an energy-efficient home is largely in how the building envelope is designed. Find out some best practices identified through Home Innovation Labs work as a Building America team.
April 27, 2012
Future-Proofing Your Home Designs
Consumers’ expectations of energy performance have changed. They are demanding a higher level of energy performance than ever before. To maintain a competitive edge, there’s no better time than now to figure out how your current cadre of home designs stacks up for future needs.
April 13, 2012
Interest in Solar Energy is Heating Up
With ever-increasing energy costs, homeowners are worried about their skyrocketing utility bills and looking for ways to save energy and money. With all of the talk about "going green" and energy efficiency, people are paying more attention to environmental concerns such as global warming and smart growth. As a result, solar energy is fast becoming an option to which consumers are paying close attention. It is one of those renewable sources of energy that is viable in most parts of the country, limited only by clouds.
March 23, 2012
Avoid Roofing Pitfalls
Five common roofing “hot spots” are identified as well as common sense solutions to implement with roofing trades.