Green Building Blog

Video Series: Replacing a Window in a Brick House

Posted on September 19, 2012 by GBA Team

Brick walls can seriously complicate window installation and can sometimes confuse even the most experienced builders. Fortunately for us, Mike Sloggatt, who has thirty years' experience working on brick houses, was available to show us how to assess the situation and do the job right.

Better Video Delivery Mechanism

Posted on August 22, 2012 by Daniel Morrison

When we developed a few years ago, we knew that we would need, want, and eventually have a deep video program, but because the pile of work to do in order to meet our deadline was pretty darned big, and because we were a bunch of print guys and gals building this thing, we decided to let the video program sit on the back burner. We produced some, but didn't spend the resources to go hog-wild.

EEBA Conference Will Be Held in Arizona This Year

Posted on August 6, 2012 by GBA Team

If you're interested in attending one of the best conferences in the country, don't miss this year's conference of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA).

Founded in 1982, EEBA has consistently promoted superinsulation and energy-efficient residential construction techniques for the last 30 years. The three-day conference is being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 25 through 27.

New Advisors on the GBA Team

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Daniel Morrison

Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan are architects in southern Maine. They are smart, talented, funny, and they are go-getters. Chris and Phil began podcasting a couple of years ago on iTunes. One of our contributing editors, Scott Gibson, pointed them out to us, and we asked them to podcast on

EnerPHit — The Passive House Approach to Deep Retrofit

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Lenny Antonelli

Reprinted with permission from Construct Ireland magazine.

An Opportunity for Users to Rate Window Manufacturers

Posted on April 26, 2012 by GBA Team

By Martin Holladay

Everybody has an opinion on windows, it seems. When specifying windows, builders usually look for good customer service. Most builders want a local rep who answers the phone, provides quick turnarounds on bids, delivers windows on time, and promptly shows up on site when something goes wrong.

Homeowners want windows that look good, operate smoothly, and don't fall apart.

Energy nerds want windows with excellent performance specifications.

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 5

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Ann Edminster

In the prior installment in this blog series, I proposed a rationale for the adoption of integrated project delivery (IPD) and promised to follow with suggestions regarding its implementation, along with some resources.

‘All New Construction and Retrofits Must Be Carbon-Neutral’

Posted on March 14, 2012 by Lenny Antonelli

Reprinted with permission from Construct Ireland magazine.

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 4

Posted on February 21, 2012 by Ann Edminster

In days of yore, buildings were designed and built by master builders. These were people who spent their whole lives learning about buildings by creating them – from idea to reality – working side by side with others, many of whom who had more experience than they did. That’s how they eventually achieved mastery. Practice, repetition, and observation of everything to do with the building’s creation.

Regional Variations on the ‘Pretty Good House’

Posted on February 20, 2012 by GBA Team

The building-science-and-beer group that meets every month in Portland, Maine, recently launched a discussion of suggested specifications for a “pretty good house” — a house that seeks to balance construction cost and energy performance without being constrained by the dictates of existing green building programs or rating systems. Michael Maines's blog on that topic has generated dozens of comments, and has received several e-mails from readers with suggestions for regional variations on the “pretty good house” concept.

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