Category Archives: Efficiency


APA Wood Explains Benefits of Energy Trusses in New Report

Energy codes for the building industry have evolved over the years, resulting in the demand for greater efficiency in homes.


Homebuyers Want Aging-In-Place Design Features

Builder Online recently cited data from the U.S. Census Bureau that shows the number of Americans 65 and older is


Raise the Roof: Infographic

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Decompress on Energy Trusses

The evolution of energy codes over the past several years has resulted in an increased demand for insulation as a


Energy-Efficient Housing Upgrades Can Increase Value For Homeowners

There are lots of ways homeowners can increase the resale value of their home. Often times, this includes improvements like


Don’t Forget Your Sunblock

Energy efficiency is nothing new to most architects and specifiers, but for those seeking an easy way to specify efficiency


New Home Improvement Site Allows Users To Connect Online

Porch recently announced the U.S. launch of their home improvement networking website as the first step in their efforts to


Southern Living’s Latest Idea House Brings Charm And Efficiency To Nashville

For more than 20 years, Southern Living magazine has carried out its inspired initiative to build homes around the South


What’s New: Trends & Technology

Radiant Ready 30ETM by Uponor Corp. Uponor’s Radiant Ready 30ETM is a complete radiant mechanical room designed in a compact,


Living By The Code

With the arrival of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the building industry begins the process of adopting the code at the state level. In line with the goals set by the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2012 IECC sets out to achieve a 30 percent energy savings over previously published codes.


Builder Spotlight: Davidon Homes

Headquartered in California, Davidon Homes has been building luxury move-up homes for more than 30 years. According to Randy Hensley, director of project development, these homes fulfill the dreams of homeownership and create pride for thousands of homebuyers thanks to Davidon’s innovative design, superb craftsmanship, and attention to detail.


Stepping Up

How often does the latest trend in style actually make life easier for the homebuilder? That’s exactly what’s happening right


MFE Awards Grand Winner: Community Service: The Cottages of Lakeshore

The November Issue of Multifamily Executive named the Cottages of Lakeshore as the grand winner of the MFE Awards in


The Ultimate Roof System

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s William Miller predicts radiant barriers to be the dominant factor in energy-reducing roof systems. In a


Not All Radiant Barriers Are Created Equal

The attic accounts for a tremendous amount of lost energy. Homeowners who venture into the space are often hit with


KB Home Sets Standard for Energy Savings

With an increasing focus on green building practices industry-wide, many homebuyers are now seeking houses with energy-efficient features. A number of builders are working to provide their customers with affordable options to help them achieve the lifestyles they desire.


What’s Up With Attics Today?

In an effort to obtain efficiency and sustainability, some builders are sealing attics with spray foam. Turning the attic into


Facts & Figures

According to a recent study* by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the recent housing downturn has changed what


Go For The Silver

Crosland Contractors is one of the Southeast’s leading builders and diversified real estate companies, with a portfolio valued at more than $1 billion. The company’s roots go back to the 1930s when John Crosland, Sr., began building houses in Charlotte, North Carolina. With a commitment to affordable housing, community-oriented development, and responsible stewardship, Crosland’s mission of sustainability is at work at Trinity Commons, one of their current projects.


Builder News & Trends

New Homes in 2015 Will Be Smaller, Greener According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the recent housing


What’s New: Trends & Technology

Check out these websites.* New products can shape new directions in the building industry. GE Nucleus™ Home Energy Monitor and Management


What’s New: Trends & Technology

Check out these websites.* New products can shape new directions in the building industry. Bosch® Power Box™ 360 According to


Builder Trends

IBS 2011: Power up This January With winter upon us, the 2011 International Builders’ Show (IBS) is just around the


Facts & Figures

As a naturally regenerating building product, wood is one of the most renewable and sustainable construction materials available.* To manage


Product Trends & Technology

Check out these websites.* New products can shape new directions in the building industry. Prestique® Cool Color shingles by GAF-Elk


Don’t Build An Energy Dud

All too often, architects and homeowners will ignore the simple solution in favor of a new technology that promises the


The $2 Billion Bug

When a living organism escapes its native environment, it can sometimes leave a deadly trail on other continents. That’s been


Builder Trends

The Ultimate In Affordable Low-Energy Living New research into the most advanced building technology, products and techniques will help evaluate


Facts & Figures

Wood is … 4 times more efficient as an insulator than cinder block 6 times more efficient than brick 15