January 2011 Table of Contents

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Environments For Living Certifies 140,000th Home Environments For Living Certifies 140,000th Home

Initiated by Masco Home Services, the 10-year-old certification program is based on building science principles. Read more

LEED for Homes Update LEED for Homes Update

Upcoming changes to LEED-H will aim to streamline the certification process, reduce paperwork, and move toward performance-based criteria. Read more

Commentary: Truly Green Projects Take Building Science Seriously Commentary: Truly Green Projects Take Building Science Seriously

Some aspect of the success or failure of your green building projects relates directly to how well you apply building science principles. Read more

Building Science: Advanced Rainscreens Building Science: Advanced Rainscreens

New research, code requirements, and material assemblies are driving strategic changes rainscreens. Read more

2011 Builders' Show Preview 2011 Builders' Show Preview

12 green products from the residential construction industry’s largest event. Read more

New + Notable January-February 2011 New + Notable January-February 2011

New products for green-built homes. Read more

Accepting the Living Building Challenge Accepting the Living Building Challenge

Considered by many to be the most stringent standard in North America, the Living Building Challenge forces green designers to question every building practice and product. Read more

Product Review Product Review

Although tankless water heaters have gotten a lot of attention the last few years, tank-style units offer plenty of efficient options, and in some cases, are actually more efficient. Read more

Product Review: Exterior Cladding Product Review: Exterior Cladding

When it comes to selecting siding, there are lots of options--and no silver bullet. Here's what attributes to look for. Read more

Case Study: Seattle-Area Home Is Living Lab for Green Building Case Study: Seattle-Area Home Is Living Lab for Green Building

Shirley contracting had to enlist a true team of experts, including several engineers, a land-use planner, two landscape architecture firms, and a wildlife biologists, to tackle the challenges this steep and sensitively-zoned site presented. Read more

Case Study: Green, Modern Farmhouse in Alabama Case Study: Green, Modern Farmhouse in Alabama

Generations-old siting techniques and state-of-the-art energy modeling combine for a modern twist on the rural farmhouse. Read more

Johnsen Schmaling Architects Ecological Retrofit AIADesign Johnsen Schmaling Architects Ecological Retrofit

A Milwaukee architecture firm tranforms a dated and dysfunctional production house into an AIA award-winning home Read more

Hudson Valley Project Demonstrates the Ultra-Efficient Practices of Passive House Hudson Valley Project Demonstrates the Ultra-Efficient Practices of Passive House

Thick, tight wall assemblies, a compact shape, and continuous insulation help this New York home achieve the rigorous requirements of the German-born standard. Read more

KB Home Completes Nation’s First WaterSense-Labeled Production Homes KB Home Completes Nation’s First WaterSense-Labeled Production Homes

Designed with energy and water conservation in mind, the 118-home California community includes low-flow fixtures, recirculation pumps, and native landscaping. Read more

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