More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • Toward Sustainable Materials

    In the construction world, Nadav Malin believes there are two main species—diggers and climbers. While some people enjoy scaling ladders and creating structure, Malin prefers digging in the dirt. “I found that when I was building houses, I really loved the...

  • Code Compliance

    IMT estimates that every dollar spent on energy code compliance and enforcement yields $6 in energy savings.

  • Destination Mainstream

    Here’s the good news: 37% of all new homes sold in 2010 were HERS rated--a substantial jump from a mere 12.2% in 2008. Of course, there are a lot fewer homes being built these days, but as Cliff Majersik at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) points out, the figures still represent a...

  • The Stuff of Green Building

    In the construction world, Nadav Malin believes there are two main species—diggers and climbers. While some people enjoy scaling ladders and creating structure, Malin prefers digging in the dirt. 

  • Bringing Water to the Forefront

    Like most people, water conservation wasn’t on Mary Ann Dickinson’s radar 30 years ago.

  • Affordable Housing Goes Green

    Five ultra-green projects that also happen to be affordable.

  • Architecture Aloft

    The adaptive reuse of a Bauhaus-influenced building at the Georgia Institute of Technology includes careful treatment of the building envelope and innovative mechanical systems.

  • AIA Case Study: Modular Marvels

    Prefabrication is the oldest new trend in architecture.

  • Solar Decathlon 2011 Profile: The Ohio State University

    An interview with Abbie Faust, lead architect for The Ohio State University's enCORE, the school's entry for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon.

  • Solar Decathlon 2011 Profile: Team Canada

    An interview with Loraine Fowlow, faculty advisor for TRTL, the University of Calgary’s entry for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon.