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All Systems Go for Net-Zero
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All Systems Go for Net-Zero

With its first year of classes now in session, Lady Bird Johnson Middle School... More

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Part 7: Framed and Weatherproof in Days

Panelized framing get the project under roof as fast as possible. More

New + Notable Summer 2010
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New + Notable Summer 2010

15 New products for sustainable homes, including low-flow faucets, an... More

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Smaller Floor Plans Demand Creativity With Space, Design

Even as home sizes shrink, buyers still want warmth, amenities, and visual appeal, say Builders’ Show speakers. More

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Commentary: The Big Question

When it comes to labeling homes "green," how much does size matter? More

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Lighting energy consumption

These days, there is an increasing emphasis on making everything we do sustainable. Competition in the marketplace has taken us well beyond LEED, and in order to be “greener” than one's rivals, it helps to be able to embrace as many life cycle and environmental issues as one can. Architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart's “cradle-to-cradle” philosophy, which advocates a “reduce, reuse, recycle” approach to the environment and our consumption of materials, is a starting point for how involved in this we, as both designers and citizens of the planet, have to be. More

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