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Finally, the Fine Homebuilding Summit!

For as long as I have worked with Fine Homebuilding magazine, GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, and KeepCraftAlive.org, we have wanted to hold an event that brings leading industry experts—a mix of architects, builders, engineers, and building scientists—together with our readers and members, who are often just as knowledgeable and experienced. That means this event is more than 15 years in the making, and I’m sure the idea was around before my time at The Taunton Press. This October, FHB, GBA, and KCA will be holding the first ever Fine Homebuilding Summit in Southbridge, Mass. The Presenters The list of presenters is full of…


Current Obsessions: Summer Happenings

Above: Designer Robert McKinley’s second shoppable bungalow in Montauk; see below for more details. Here’s our weekly roundup of summer happenings, pop-ups, and more:One of our favorite houseware shops, Lekker Home in Boston, is opening a new, much larger space at 38 Wareham Street. Go to Lekker Home for more info. We’re admiring Ai Weiwei’s only US home in Ancram, NY, designed for an art-collecting couple (it just hit the market; see photos here). Flow Gallery in London is organizing their second site-specific exhibition at St Peters Church, Cambridge, which neighbors Kettles Yard. On view will be functional porcelain vessels,…


Green New Deal: Just As Dangerous As Climate Denial?

Eliminating the use of fossil fuels is only one of the objectives of the Green New Deal. Job creation and security, an end to oppression, and infrastructure repairs also are part of the overly ambitious roadmap. Photo: BrotherMagneto/Flickr We seem to be caught between extremes: dangerous climate denial and Green New Deal fantasyland. Both sides are engaging in potentially perilous self-deception. The Green New Deal (GND) rightfully addresses the key issue of our era: how are we going to drastically reduce or eliminate most human-caused greenhouse gas emissions? But while the GND presents high sounding general principles, it has almost…


Minnesota Homestead: Why We Built an Energy Efficient Home

A desire for a more authentic American Dream prompted a family to leave New York and return to the Midwest where they could build an energy efficient home. [Photo credit: Tracee Vetting Wolf and Matt Vetting.] Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of posts describing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Rochester, Minnesota, by Tracee Vetting Wolf, Matt Vetting and their son Max. The family returned to the Midwest from New York and in December 2016 found a 27-acre parcel of rural land where they could build their new home. You can find their complete…


Tabletop Simplicity from Scandi Company Iittala

Tabletop Simplicity from Scandi Company Iittala - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a close action.…


Energy Code Development Begins: Focus on Residential

This is part one of a two-part series. Code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others weighed in last month on proposals to update the next model building energy code–a crucial policy tool for states, counties, and cities as they work to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Debate at the Committee Action Hearings held by the International Code Council (ICC) in Albuquerque was often as spicy as the famous New Mexico chili. The end result leaves us hopeful that the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will improve energy efficiency for both residential and…

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