More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • 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...

  • Reclaimed Lumber

    Even with surging interest in green building and sustainability, new construction and renovation projects continue to deplete vast quantities of resources. Remodeling, in particular, is a double-edged sword--the new house consumes materials, the demolition of the old structure generates debris. You...

  • Three small custom homes have a lot to say about resource management.

    Utter the word “custom” and visions of sprawling floor plans, lavish finishes, and top-of-the-line everything often come to mind. You know—those palatial playgrounds of the rich and famous that make for good television, and make average homeowners feel inadequate.

  • Structural insulated panels are an energy-efficient framing alternative.

    Structural insulated panels are an energy-efficient framing alternative.