Green Building

The U.S. Department of Energy recently published a study that presents a comprehensive comparison of the 2006, 2009, and 2012 editions of the IECC.

Raised-heel trusses provide a simple, cost-effective way to meet stricter energy-efficiency codes.

Concerning what the requirement for adopting a code to comply with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding stipulations, DOE confirmed that it is the 2009 IECC or an equivalent code that must be adopted -- not the 2012 edition.

Little used until just recently, the HERS rating system is gaining traction as the building industry’s equivalent of mpg.

Toll Brothers is building environmentally friendly, energy-efficient homes in four Southwest Florida communities, offering features especially appealing to buyers concerned about the environment.

Compliance with various energy code provisions may become more difficult in the short-term due to an unexpected expandable polystyrene (EPS) supply squeeze on the horizon.

The Virginia building code mandates improved energy efficiency in residential construction, here's the reaction and response among VA builders. 

Metsä Wood’s (formerly Finnforest) Finnframe flooring system now boasts a number of new developments that further improve the acoustic and energy performance of the system.


Three experts argue for using advanced building systems to meet new standards and reduce overall costs.

A group of organizations have prepared a Statement of Consensus which covers some of the controversial issues associated with Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in LEED.