More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • Reinvention Conference 2008: Architect Peter Pfeiffer Offers Common-Sense Solutions for Energy-Efficient Design

    Green by design, not by device, Peter Pfeiffer told attendees during residential architect's Reinvention Conference.

  • Efficient Design and Building Practices Can Effectively Reduce Your Waste Stream and Boost Your Bottom Line

    Through the point of installing insulation in his 3,600-square-foot custom home near Columbia, S.C., architect Mark Bostic has yet to make or pay for a trip to the local landfill. In Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jeff Zolnik serves about three-quarters of the area's builders with his construction waste...

  • 14-Unit Housing Community in Blacksburg, Va., Combines Affordability and Energy Efficiency

    Community Housing Partners’ award-winning neighborhood brings community education and sustainable performance to affordable housing.

  • Green Building Can Be Sensible and Cost-Effective

    Sustainable building experts at PCBC provide tips for going green without breaking the bank.

  • A Close Look at Common Energy Claims

    You can't gauge the truth of an opinion by the frequency of its repetition. Exhibit A: Builders' opinions concerning energy, insulation, heating, and cooling. A fair percentage of these beliefs — derived in part from product marketing, obsolete recommendations from "experts," and oft-repeated tales...

  • Commentary: Green Your Own Planet First

    Remodelers can't escape the pressure to build green. It's a no-brainer that using natural and renewable materials and being better stewards of natural resources will reduce our impact on the environment and prove more cost-effective in the long run.

  • Light Fantastic

    LED (light-emitting diode) lamps are starting to come on strong as a comparably efficient, long-lasting alternative to the current green leader, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), but without the mercury and subsequent disposal issues. And while some inherent challenges with color, heat, and...

  • Improved High-Efficiency Showerheads Make The Most of Lower Flows

    Justin Wilson has been specifying ultra-low-flow showerheads for more than three years. But his biggest surprise when comparing water-efficient fixtures to typical builder-grade showerheads is that there is no surprise at all.

  • The first LEED-certified pre-fab houses debut

    LOS ANGELES–BASED DEVELOPER LivingHomes has introduced the first line of standardized, pre-fabricated houses certified in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating program.

  • Building Green Easier Than You Think

    Imagine Homes doesn't build houses like they once were built. But this doesn't mean the company is forsaking the traditional home construction ideals of care and craftsmanship. It just means Imagine is building homes with an eye toward site sensitivity, energy and water efficiency, and indoor air...