Energy efficiency



Exterior, poolside, of modern mansion in hills above Los Angeles

Los Angeles-based Landry Design Group collaborates with structural and civil engineers on hillside homes to determine if the best seismic reinforcement is concrete caissons sunk into the ground, or a mat-slab foundation in which the home’s weight is evenly distributed across the foundation. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

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Resilient design creates homes that can survive natural disasters and stay functional in the aftermath

Front of Minneapolis house infill project sloped offset roof

Nordeast Nest in Minneapolis has a south-facing roof that is sloped to accommodate a future solar array. The porch roof is also sloped. These elements bring a contemporary flair to the mix, says architect Tim Eian of TE Studio. RJ Stegora was the builder. Photo: Corey Gaffer Photography

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Custom infill projects require architects and builders to play nice with neighbors and planning officials

Located along California’s Central Coast, this modern farmhouse has views over the hills toward the ocean 8 miles away, and patios on both sides to capture cross breezes. Semmes & Co. Builders built the home, which was designed by Gast Architects. Photo: Elliott Johnson

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A range of smart building practices ensure long-term livability and good business sense

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These custom-built homes make a strong design statement while delivering a high level of energy and resource efficiency.

News

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that more than 20,000 homes across the United States have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. 

wood, building material, study, Canada, tall structures

Canadian study says wood could be good building material for tall structures

News

A new study examines the potential of wood — typically used only in low-rise building — as an option in taller structures.

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Toll Brothers and EchoFirst announced that Echo solar systems will be deployed as the state-of-the-art energy management system within new Toll Brothers communities in Arizona. 

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KB Home announced a planned nationwide rollout of its next-generation of energy-efficient home designs, a net-zero-energy home dubbed ZeroHouse 2.0.

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March 2018

This Month in Custom Builder

Products

Weather Shield partnered with Sherwin-Williams for furniture-grade finishes on their window and door collections

Features

Details are the thread that tie environments together

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