More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • Retrofitting Windows As Beneficial As High-Performance Replacements?

    A new study reports that retrofitting existing windows comes close to delivering the same energy benefits of new, high-performance replacement windows—at less cost.

  • WaterSense Specification for Irrigation Products

    EPA has released specifications for weather-based irrigation controls to carry the WaterSense label.

  • Report: Community- and Site-based Wastewater Treatment

    New research shows the environmental benefits of on-site wastewater treatment systems.

  • Case Study: New Development Focuses on Advanced Energy and Water Conservation

    zHome goes well beyond the 20% water reduction guidelines of the WaterSense program.

  • 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.