Green Building

A new report indicates that building information modeling (BIM) is no longer an exotic service, but is set to become the standard operating procedure.

When customers pay a higher price for wood and paper products with “green” labels, they may not actually be getting something that is better for the environment.

Before specifying structural insulated panels in their projects, architects must understand the potential benefits and shortcomings of the system.

The Senate unanimously passed the Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act (H.R.4850), which now must go back to the House for approval before going to the White House for enactment.

The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), a group comprised of governors and state lawmakers, was considering a resolution to recommend adoption of the 2012 IECC (energy code) and any subsequent updates.

"Why construct a building that uses less energy when we can make one that uses no energy at all?" is a question that has helped several builders push the green building envelope further.

Portland based developer Ed McNamara is keenly focused on building green and achieving high levels of energy, water and other resource efficiencies. 

If Congress does not act within the next few months, virtually all federal programs will face an automatic across-the-board funding cut of about 8%.

A bill would make national model building codes more energy efficient with the goal of reaching net-zero-energy building for new homes and commercial sites by 2030. 

By placing a disproportionate focus on preserving the environment and maintaining the status quo, a "green" standard would stifle economic innovation and discourage civilization-altering discoveries.