Building Science

From new plastics facilities along the Gulf Coast to new steel facilities in the Rust Belt, shale development is revitalizing America’s manufacturing base – providing thousands of jobs, lowerenergy bills, and cleaner power along the way.

A new generation of high-performance buildings are demonstrating they can do a lot better by attaining "net zero" use of energy, water and waste.

The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, could be a huge bipartisan breakthrough, but it could also be taken down by an amendment that targets the federal government's 2030 fossil fuel reduction mandate.

Alternative energy sources such as geothermal heat pumps and photovoltaic (PV) panels were installed in 25% of new homes last year.

Several builders, remodelers, and other industry professionals have been named by the NAHB as winners of the annual NAHBGreen Awards, which recognizes excellence in residential green design and construction practices and green building advocacy. 

When it comes to energy efficiency, technology helps, but it is not the only solution, says NREL's Paul Torcellini.

In 2013, the 218,864 HERS rated homes had an average index of 64. That represents a 70% increase in energy rated homes over 2012.

The Natural Resources Defense Council's Philip Henderson discusses the challenges and developments in sustainable building valuation and financing.

The 2014 Sustainable Energy Factbook documents the upward trajectory of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy, using the latest data from 2013,

Effective January 1, 2014, owners of California's nonresidential buildings of 10,000 square feet or more must disclose energy use information to prospective purchasers, lessees and lenders. 

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