It’s Friday and almost time to check out for the weekend. But before you do, here is a few of our editors' highlights from this past week, March 18-22:
- Energy-Efficient Homes Are A Good Mortgage Bet
Energy Star-rated homes not only reduce energy use, but they also reduce mortgage default risk, according to a new study that found energy-efficient homes are 32 percent less likely to default on their mortgages. Read more here.
- Wastewater Treatment Can Be Gorgeous, Too
We may not want to talk about wastewater processing that much, but Mithun proves that a water treatment plant can be an architectural draw that can help people get over squimish thoughts regarding these processes and learn more about one of their most vital resources. Read more here.
- School Are at Critical Mass in a Bad Way
U.S. schools get a failing grade when it comes to maintaining facilities: The Center for Green Schools find that these structures are facing a $271-billion defered maintenance bill to bring them up to working order. Read more here.
- Insulation Is About More Than Heat
Good acoustics makes for happier space occupants and can also lead to a perception of higher quality residences, greater workplace productivity. Get up to speed on the installation benefits and concerns, as well as some current market innovations. Read more here.
- Cleveland Rocks—Or is Aiming to When it Comes to Carbon Reductions
Cleveland and Pittsburgh are both developing 2030 Districts to reach carbon-reduction targets on a large scale. Is this the new face of Rust Belt cities? Vision 2020 editor KJ Fields looks into this potential trend. Read more here. And while we're on the topic of Cleveland, check out how a historic, formerly derelict building can be transformed into a modern, high-performance workplace here.
Now you tell us: What was your favorite read of the week?