CBS on the impact of the skilled labor shortage on homebuilders, and the economy

Television, unless it is available to stream via Hulu, Netflix or HBO Go, isn't something I watch much of. CBS apparently aired an impressive program highlighting the impact of the skilled labor shortage on the construction industry, and the resulting impact on the rest of our economy and infrastructure. Here's an excerpt: America's economy has … Continue reading CBS on the impact of the skilled labor shortage on homebuilders, and the economy

Last chance to add your input on the 2015 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

Stuart Kaplow, of Green Building Law Update writes: With nearly 128 million residential housing units existed in the U.S., if green building is going to mitigate the negative impacts that human activity has on the planet, green building must include houses. While most professionals in the A/E/C industry have at least heard of LEED for … Continue reading Last chance to add your input on the 2015 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

2012 ICC 700: A consensus-based and ANSI-approved residential green building standard

As most professionals in the A/E/C industry know, while the LEED rating system promoted by the USGBC is the most famous, it isn't the only third-party green building standard. Due for a major revision in 2012, adoption of the next version of LEED has been postponed while some controversial aspects can be resolved. In the … Continue reading 2012 ICC 700: A consensus-based and ANSI-approved residential green building standard

Green Building Value Should Not Be Calculated Based On Short-Term Payback Analysis

BuildingGreen.com's Peter Yost has a provocative post entitled, Capture Green Value Over Time, Not with Short-Term Payback Analysis. He makes a good point: If we let simple or even net-value payback analysis alone drive the economics of high-performance buildings, we might as well throw in the towel. It is truly crazy to apply just this … Continue reading Green Building Value Should Not Be Calculated Based On Short-Term Payback Analysis

Contrasting Views On The Claims Regarding Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)

Research funded by two industry organizations is underway at MIT to answer the following question: Can residential construction using insulated concrete forms, or ICFs, be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than current building practices? Image via Wikipedia Good question. In order to answer the multi-faceted question, it must be broken down into distinct components that … Continue reading Contrasting Views On The Claims Regarding Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)