- Common sense and economic growth will fuel green movement
ENG does design work for municipalities, sewers, water mains, private developments and site planning. "Our best projects are ones that you never see, and we hope you don't see them," he says.
- Proposed Legislation Seeks to Revise Lead-Based Paint Rules
Lead-based paint exists in millions of homes in Michigan and throughout the United States. Although lead-based paint was banned in 1978, dust and chips from deteriorating old paint still pose a health risk. At the same time, it is extremely easy to become enmeshed in EPA enforcement for simple paperwork errors. Legislation introduced in 2012 seeks to resolve that issue, among other issues raised by EPA's Rule.
- State building codes survive federal court scrutiny
State governments are mandating energy efficiency requirements for builders. These requirements have faced some pushback by builders. As long as the legislation does not require the use of products that are already governed by federal efficiency standards, they will survive judicial scrutiny.
- Matt Grocoff: Creating Michigan's first net-zero energy home
"Greening our homes is the best way to save money, help the economy, create jobs, make our homes more comfortable and help to avoid climate catastrophe and protect the one home we share."
- Condo owner wins judgment for improperly cleaned brownfield site
Brownfield redevelopment is a boon for communities that have abandoned, contaminated properties causing blight. However, when considering buying or leasing these properties, prospective purchasers should conduct their own due diligence to avoid being taken for a ride.
Behind The Drywall Tour
This is the eighth tour of its kind and it has historically proven to be very popular. “This tour attracts a wonderful cross-section of attendees. From building professionals who want to be educated on the latest in green technology, to the person interested in how they can make their home more energy efficient, to the curious neighbor; these tours have always been well attended regardless of the weather,” says Doug Selby, President of Meadowlark Builders. “If you are looking for chic décor and elegant furnishings, this is not that kind of tour. However, if you want to be able to see what makes up the inner workings of a super energy-efficient home, then you will find this tour fun and enlightening.”
The tour will showcase a variety of the latest cutting-edge green design and building strategies, including geothermal heating and cooling systems, advanced indoor air quality techniques, advanced thermal wall and roof envelopes, and Not-So-BigTM and “long life – loose fit” design principles.
About the Builder Meadowlark Builders is a full-service design/build firm specializing in "deep green" building techniques and custom finish work. As a national award-winning green building company, they build and remodel homes that are among the most efficient in the world. Meadowlark’s goal is to help re-make the landscape of American homes – homes that make more energy than they use and have a net positive environmental impact.