A sweeping wave of green building regulations is making its way across North America, with various states, provinces, cities and municipalities setting dates and targets for Net Zero Energy Efficiency and Zero Waste building requirements. Poised to change the construction industry, these regulations have a profound impact on the way homebuilding is approached, and are catapulting building systems to the forefront.
Green Home Builder Magazine | April 2017, by Charles Bovet
Sustainability is becoming a top of mind issue for luxury home design. Just as the market for high end electric cars is exploding, there is equal demand and desire for beautiful homes that are “healthy,” both for the environment and for their inhabitants.
Treehuggers and Hippies, Move Over. Here are 4 common myths about building a green home.
Healthy House, Happy Home. Home should be the place we feel our best—safe, comfortable and surrounded by favorite people and things. But if your house has poor indoor air quality then home won’t feel like a sanctuary. Headaches, cold-like symptoms, dizziness and fatigue are a few of the health effects you’ll experience when inside air contains allergens and irritants. Unfortunately, too many people feel bad in their own homes, and there’s even a name for it: Sick house syndrome.
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is fast becoming the gold standard for high quality buildings. It is a simple concept: produce as much energy on site as you will use over the course of the year. It is, however, not an easy to reach goal.
Buying a home in California is a dream increasingly out of reach for many residents. Only about half of the state’s residents currently own their own homes.
In general, most large conventional homebuilders build to code and no more. In most states, building to code means the home won’t fall down, but this is not the same thing as being excellent. In fact, it means that most homes are only built to the very minimum standard required by law.
Home automation tools used to control everyday items around the house with your phone are making serious headway in the modern housing market. Having a sleek, attractive house only increases in its allure with what today’s technology has to offer.
If there is anything Canada is more famous for than its maple syrup, it’s the frigid winters that chill the country from coast to coast. All homes built in Canada are done with the knowledge that they must be able to withstand winter’s chill as well as summer’s heat. Constructing a home in Canada is a unique challenge that is often overcome by ensuring that the home is insulated beyond the standards set out in the National Building Code of Canada. Read below to get inspired by these Canadian homes and how their owners decided to take on the chill of winter!