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6 Tips for Selecting an Energy-Saving Cool Roof

Posted: Dec 15, 2010
Few home builders or homeowners opt for energy-efficient cool roofs, says California building science consultant Steve Easley, because that traditionally has meant the roof has to be white. But that's changing.

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CASE STUDY: PARDEE HOMES - LIVINGSMART GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM

Posted: Oct 27, 2010
CASE STUDY: PARDEE HOMES - LIVINGSMART GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM By Rich Binsacca - Like every production builder, Los Angeles-based Pardee Homes keeps a keen eye on its balance sheet. So when the company announced earlier this year that it was applying its LivingSmart brand of green building practices-an in-house program initiated in 1998-across all of its housing markets, types, and price points, it meant one thing: that at least one volume builder had figured out a way to sincerely reduce its carbon footprint without pricing itself out of the market.

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Architecture Professor Designs First Certified Passive House in The South

Posted: Sep 22, 2010
When architecture professor Corey Saft and his wife began brainstorming ways to create a protected play area for their two children on their property, building a wall seemed like the natural solution. But Saft recognized an opportunity to accomplish a few of his professional goals. The plan quickly evolved into a vehicle for architectural experiment: a second house that would test Passive House criteria for a hot, humid climate while providing the desired buffer from an adjacent street. The resulting project also established a cost-effective prototype for sustainable urban infill.

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Case Study: North Carolina Remodel Soars Beyond LEED Platinum

Posted: Aug 04, 2010
After his parents moved into a retirement community, Jay DeChesere, AIA nearly sold their Wilmington, N.C., home of 20 years. Instead, he opted to transform the shed-roof house into a living laboratory for green building, and in doing so recorded 113.5 points in the LEED for Homes program, one of the highest ever achieved by a remodel.

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ON THE FRONT LINES: TONY CALLAHAN, BEAZER HOMES

Posted: Apr 06, 2010
ON THE FRONT LINES: TONY CALLAHAN, BEAZER HOMES By Jennifer Goodman - Beazer Homes has been in business for more than 50 years. As one of the country's top 10 home builders based on volume, the company is currently building in about 200 new-home communities in 16 states.

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