Latest Economic + Financing Articles

  • The Home Depot Launches LEED Website

    New green product database communicates sustainability at the retail level.

  • Market View: C.R. Herro of Meritage Homes

    As vice president of energy efficiency and sustainability at Top 10 production home builder Meritage Homes, Herro has led his company’s mission to bring high-performance homes into the marketplace, and sell them.

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    Market Acceptance of High-Performance Homes

    DOE Building Technologies Program chief architect Sam Rashkin reflects on his experience growing the Energy Star program in the U.S. and what lessons it brings, similarly, to the growth of the Passive House Standard in the nation’s building market.

  • Message To The Market

    As vice president for Residential Market Development for the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program, Nate Kredich has a unique perspective on the path toward market transformation for high-performance homes.

  • SAVE Act Addresses Green Finance and Appraisals

    Analysis shows that legislation could increase market transformation by 2% in 2013 and create 25% sustained levels by 2020.

  • Code Compliance

    IMT estimates that every dollar spent on energy code compliance and enforcement yields $6 in energy savings.

  • Destination Mainstream

    Here’s the good news: 37% of all new homes sold in 2010 were HERS rated--a substantial jump from a mere 12.2% in 2008. Of course, there are a lot fewer homes being built these days, but as Cliff Majersik at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) points out, the figures still represent a...