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    • Swiss Team Wins Solar Decathlon October 18, 2017
      Subtitle:  The competition in Denver capped two years of work by student design teams Images:  A team representing four Swiss schools emerged as the overall winner in this year's Solar Decathlon in Denver, Colorado, with an entry called "NeighborHub." The biennial competition included a total of 11 student teams this year, two of them from […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Judge Tosses Lumber Complaint October 12, 2017
      Subtitle:  Illinois handymen sued retailer after discovering a 4x4 isn't actually 4 inches square Images:  A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a case brought against a lumber retailer by customers who claimed that labels on dimensional lumber were misleading. read more
      Scott Gibson
    • Tiny Houses Hit a Neighborhood Roadblock October 10, 2017
      Subtitle:  A North Carolina developer sees housing opportunity while neighbors worry about declining property values Images:  A house flipper turned developer in Charlotte, North Carolina, thinks that his plan for a subdivision of tiny houses will be a boon for first-time home buyers and people hoping to downsize. However, some of his neighbors are more […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Interest in Green Building is On the Rise October 4, 2017
      Subtitle:  One-third of single-family builders say that most of their new homes can be called ‘green’ Images:  More U.S. builders are climbing aboard the green bandwagon. A new survey from the National Association of Home Builders and Dodge Data & Analytics shows that interest in building both single-family and multifamily projects to green standards has […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Solar Industry Offers Help in Puerto Rico October 3, 2017
      Subtitle:  As the federal government is criticized for a slow response in the wake of two hurricanes, solar companies offer equipment and installation services Images:  Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria caused widespread destruction on Puerto Rico, many island residents are still without housing, basic services, and electricity. read more
      Scott Gibson
    • To Prove a Point, Melt Some Ice September 28, 2017
      Subtitle:  A second ‘Ice Box Challenge’ aims to show the advantages of building to the Passive House standard Images:  Passive HouseA residential building construction standard requiring very low levels of air leakage, very high levels of insulation, and windows with a very low U-factor. Developed in the early 1990s by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist, […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Solar Ruling Prompts Industry Jitters September 26, 2017
      Subtitle:  Installers of photovoltaic systems worry about job losses and price spikes as tariff case makes its way to the Oval Office Images:  The news was not entirely unexpected, but last week's ruling that U.S. solar manufacturers have been harmed by cheap imports has opened the door to new tariffs and prompted warnings that job […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Worrisome Chemicals Lurk Even In Green Buildings September 22, 2017
      Subtitle:  A study of renovated housing units in Boston finds a long list of chemicals that can be traced to both building materials and occupants Images:  Researchers studying a low-income housing development in Boston have discovered that green certification is no guarantee that a home will be free of chemical contaminants. read more
      Scott Gibson
    • Tariff Threat Strangling Solar Market September 18, 2017
      Subtitle:  Solar developers are putting projects on hold as the threat of new import tariffs drives up PV module prices Images:  Just six months ago there were plenty of inexpensive solar panels to be had, but solar developers now report a dwindling supply and higher prices as the market reacts to the possibility of new […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Squeezing Power from Moving Water September 15, 2017
      Subtitle:  An Oregon startup develops a pressure reducing valve that also generates electricity Images:  An Oregon startup has developed a system for converting the energy of water moving through large, underground lines into electricity and says the technology eventually may be used on a residential scale. InPipe Energy's system takes the place of conventional flow-control […]
      Scott Gibson