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  • Cost Concerns Stymie Good Intentions

    At the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show last week in Chicago, manufacturers touted their dual-flush toilets, ultra low-flow showerheads, and super energy-efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, and light fixtures. During her keynote speech, former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman told an...

  • K/BIS keynote speaker Christine Todd Whitman tells kitchen and bath pros sustainability makes good economic sense.

    Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman told a group of about 500 kitchen and bath professionals that sustainability is both good for business and good for the environment.

  • Structural steel framing and precast concrete panels

    As the general manager of a custom home builder in Orlando, Fla., Mike Williams is very familiar with concrete and steel as building materials. His usual routine, as it is for most Gulf Coast builders, is to construct a first level of masonry block over a concrete slab foundation and then top that...

  • Green Construction is Here to Stay

    Whether you are completely convinced that human activity is causing global warming or think Al Gore invented it the way he did the Internet, you likely are to be involved in a project in the very near future that incorporates sustainability concepts. Sustainability is here to stay and there is no...

  • Green roofing

    The temperature atop Chicago's City Hall building on an average summer day is usually 14 degrees to 44 degrees cooler than the county office building across the street. The reason: the county building has a typical black-tar roof, while City Hall has a green roof planted with grass, plants, and...

  • Combining foam insulation and siding in a single product gives vinyl siding solidity, provides a vapor barrier and an energy-saving capability of around R-4

    Combining foam insulation and siding in a single product gives vinyl siding solidity, provides a vapor barrier and an energy-saving capability of around R-4, according to manufacturers.

  • Multi-Family developers learn which Green techniques have financial payback.

    There's no doubt about it: Green building is red-hot today. But despite all the hype, the reality of "going green" is still confusing for many. "Developers want to know if green building is a far-out utopian dream with waterless toilets and solar heating, or if there is a practical application that...

  • Bathroom Fans

    In an ideal world, all homeowners would have the interest and resources to purchase zero-energy homes that not only dramatically reduce their utility bills but also give energy back to the power grid. Although zero-energy homes are not an option for most folks, super-efficient technologies are.