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Is Steel the Most Sustainable Green Building Material?



New and innovative sustainable green building materials are helping architects and builders create buildings that are healthier and more eco-friendly than ever. You may be surprised to learn that one of the most sustainable building materials available isn’t a new innovation, in fact it’s been in use for over 200 years. When it comes to green building materials, steel is the king of sustainability. The Long-lasting Appeal of Steel When steel was first used to frame buildings, it wasn’t being used as a green building material. Architects and builders turned to ...

The Top 13 Residential Design Trends for 2017



What are the biggest trends for residential homes for 2017? Architects and interior designers are meeting client demands for homes that are smarter and more sustainable than ever this year. Here are 13 of the biggest trends in interiors, building materials, colors, and concepts for homes this year. #1. Zero Net Energy Use Homes Zero Net is definitely the building industry buzzword for 2017. California is leading the nation in an aggressive pursual of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) for all new residential construction by 2020, and this year they’ve implemented a ...

Windows, Doors & Title 24



With zero energy buildings emerging as the new norm, there’s no doubt that the state of California is leading the way in building energy efficiency. That being said, local ordinances and jurisdictions across the country are choosing to adopt and enforce energy standards for new construction, additions, and alterations that exceed their statewide standards. With mounting concerns over energy consumption, it’s becoming clear that energy efficient homes and buildings are a top priority for more and more regions nationwide. One Step Ahead San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Mateo all have ...

2013 & 2016 Residential Fenestration Compliance Standards Tables



With ambitions to generate net zero energy buildings that make as much energy as they consume, the Title 24 energy codes target several building elements. A key target in the 2013 version are standards affecting residential fenestration. Effective July 1st, 2014, the energy code standards impacting fenestration products were updated in order to reduce energy loss and further enhance building performance. In the 2016 version, residential fenestration performance targets are mostly the same with the exception of a few minor updates to Air Leakage and U-factor. Listed below are the two ...
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