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Study: KB Home tops green building rankings
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The biggest public homebuilders in the U.S. are making an effort to build more environmentally friendly homes, but they have a ways to go, according to a new study. Calvert Investments, which evaluates potential investments based on environmental, social and other factors, analyzed the green building practices of the top 10 largest publicly traded homebuilding companies in the nation. More

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Your guide to the new draft of LEED
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the draft of the new LEED rating systems to Environmental Building News just before the public comment period was to open. Our analysis of what's (mostly) the same, what's different and what's totally new follows. We focused our analysis on the LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) rating system, but readers should see the rating system draft for all the rating systems, including details on LEED-NC that we didn't have space to discuss. More

New building tools detect varied shades of green
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If you plop a green building in the middle of nowhere, is it still green? That's exactly what businesses, sustainability experts and planners are trying to find out. The growing "green buildings" movement is taking a new direction with the development of computer models that go beyond measuring a building's carbon footprint and attempt to quantify the amount of energy people consume to reach that building. More

Modern, green Virginia home is built from dirt
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In Washington suburbs, most new houses qualify as McMansions, but not the "Erdhaus" — a small, super tight, Dwell-like home built of compressed earth bricks. Its German name, meaning "earth house," speaks to its unusual exterior building material. All 5,600 of its bricks were made from the dirt on the home's narrow sliver of a lot in Falls Church, Va. More

Q&A: Disputes can increase as green building grows
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More building owners are trying to construct properties that can obtain LEED certification — the environmental stamp of approval from the U.S. Green Building Council. Adam Richie, a construction attorney with local law firm Coats Rose, is seeing reason for "green concern." Richie recently spoke to the Chronicle's Purva Patel about disputes that can arise when green intentions go awry. The following are excerpts from that interview. More

A green future for multi-family housing developments
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As a survey conducted by Habitat for Humanity International and Whirlpool Corporation revealed, many feel that green building is an expensive endeavor. This is especially true in low income communities—the market that would benefit most from the cost savings of energy and water efficiency initiatives. Though many associate green building with the rich and famous, two low income housing developments in California show that sustainability need not be exclusive. More

Cincinnati at forefront of sustainable schools
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The Cincinnati Public School system is among the top school districts in the nation with LEED-registered buildings. It has 22 such buildings, a number topped only by Chicago (32) and Albuquerque, N.M., (26) according to numbers from the U.S. Green Building Council. More
 
 
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