More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • 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.

  • Universities Compete to Build a Solar Powered House

    Washington, D.C., is known more for filibusters and less for innovative design. For one rain-soaked week last fall, however, innovation was the theme when 18 university teams converged on the city for the Solar Decathlon, a biennial event in which students compete to see who can design, build, and...

  • Custom Building Energy Efficient Homes

    Advanced design and technologies make these homes extreme energy misers -- their solar electric roof panels provide as much energy as they use in a month.