More stories about High-Performance Building

  • going green, affordably

    Say green design, and what comes to mind are geothermal heat pumps, tankless hot water heaters, and roofs that plug into the sun. The most recognizable green features are also the priciest, and sustainable design is still viewed as an upgrade that only the well-off can afford. While there's some...

  • PATH Identifies Top 10 Remodeling Technologies

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) has chosen 10 innovative building technologies, systems, and processes to improve energy and resource efficiency in existing houses.

  • special forces

    Gypsum wallboard is one of the unsung heroes of the architectural world. It's lightweight, easy to install, and adapts to almost any design. Best of all, it's economical. No wonder, then, that wallboard is used in almost all new construction single- and m

  • the not so wasteful house

    As Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Showhouse aptly illustrates, we've come a long way from the days when sustainability was unsightly. Thousands of attendees at this year's International Builders' Show in Orlando toured the 2,660-square-foot house, which marries earth-friendly features with innovation...

  • concrete remix

    Long before mid-century Modernists sang the praises of concrete, early pioneers recognized its practicality, strength, and versatility.

  • Tall Orders

    Time was, when you speced windows for an apartment building or condo, you probably chose aluminum.