Heather Ferrier Laminack
Representing the fourth generation of the Ferrier Companies, Heather Ferrier Laminack functions as the marketing manager for Texas-based green home builder Ferrier Custom Homes, utilizing her passion for sustainable building practices and her first-hand experience of green building techniques. View Heather Ferrier Laminack's profile on LinkedIn

10 reasons to retrofit

10 reasons to retrofit

The motivating factors behind investing in energy retrofits vary from person to person. Some are interested in leaving a smaller footprint on the earth; others simply want lower utility bills.

Roof recycling rewards

Roof recycling rewards

GAF's Certified Green Roofer program encourages greener business practices by paying companies for recycling roofing materials. To date, the two-year-old program has paid more than $60,000 in incentive money to participating contractors. Martin Grohman, GAF's director of sustainability, says that...

Passive House concepts

Passive House concepts

After originating in Europe, the Passive House movement has slowly made its way into the US high performance home market, raising the bar for energy performance all along the way. Although to date there have only been a handful of...

Solar ready checklist

Solar ready checklist

Considering the upfront cost of solar, many new homes offered by high-performance builders are designed so that homeowners can add solar arrays years down the road. In light of this, the U.S.

BASF certifies first home to ‘BEYOND Applied Building Science’

BASF certifies first home to ‘BEYOND Applied Building Science’

BEYOND Applied Building Science is an initiative of the BASF Center for Building Excellence, offering consulting, plan reviews and other services to assist builders in constructing homes that go beyond typical new construction in a wide range of metrics and...

Study shows certified green homes sell at premium

Study shows certified green homes sell at premium

According to a recent study from economists at the University of California, Berkley, and University of California, Los Angeles, green home labels do, in fact, provide a market premium, holding other factors constant, according to their statistical evidence, as previously...

Building the first U.S. Active House

Building the first U.S. Active House

While attending the 2012 EEBA Excellence in Building Conference this week in Arizona, I had the privilege of hearing many great speakers share their vision & strategy for continuing the high performance momentum in their communities & beyond. The resounding...

EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo

EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo

Next week (September 25-27) launches Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's (EEBA) 30th annual Excellence in Building Conference & Expo in Scottsdale, Ariz. The conference and expo offers countless resources, educational seminars, expert presenters and hands-on tours to expand attendees' perspective...

SunShot program aiming to make solar more realistic

SunShot program aiming to make solar more realistic

The Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. Their aim is that by reducing the installed cost of solar energy...

How is your water quality?

How is your water quality?

Although most of us have clear, odorless water running from our faucets, our municipalities continue to work hard to filter an ever-increasing array of both natural and manmade pollutants from our groundwater. Staying informed about water quality is a good...

Incentives for certified green homes

Incentives for certified green homes

Since the launch of the NAHB's National Green Building Standard (NGBS), the NAHB Research Center has been tracking local, regional and state incentives that have been made available to builders and buyers of certified projects. Following is a sampling of...

The power of play (Video)

The power of play (Video)

After living in Ghana as a missionary and experiencing first-hand the limited amount of daylight the country has (it's located on the equator), Ben Markham, a retired engineer, had an "ah-ha" moment. Seeing the limited, if any, toys the children...

No- and low-cost methods to beating the heat

No- and low-cost methods to beating the heat

It's a catch-22 for those of us who live in climates that experience hot summers- as temperatures rise, we crank up our air conditioners, only later to feel the pain of enlarged electric bills. As a nation, we spend more than $15 billion each year on air conditioning.

Slow home movement

Slow home movement

Many of us are familiar with the slow food movement — taking a step away from convenience food and instead focusing on how our food is sourced, prepared & shared. Ultimately, it's about enjoying the experience of our eating rituals.

Efficiency standards can save households $10,000

Efficiency standards can save households $10,000

National efficiency standards for appliances, lighting and other equipment will save consumers and businesses more than $1.1 trillion per year and dramatically reduce green house gas pollution and other emissions by 2035, according to a study by the Washington, D.C-based...

NAHB Green Building Conference coming to Nashville next week

NAHB Green Building Conference coming to Nashville next week

If you are looking for a resource to further your green building knowledge, the National Green Building Conference & Expo will provide just that next week. The event is from April 29 thru May 1 in Nashville. Education classes and...

Save energy even during hot Texas summers

Save energy even during hot Texas summers

Basically, designing your home to incorporate passive solar is all about paying attention to what's going on in the natural environment that surrounds your home. Passive solar design is a technique that has dated back as far as we have had dwellings.

Thomas Edison project benefits from an LED upgrade

Thomas Edison project benefits from an LED upgrade

In the 1880's one of the United State's wealthiest citizens, J. Pierpont Morgan, elected to have Thomas Edison integrate electricity into his personal home and library on Madison Avenue in New York City, which many considered a very forward-thinking move.

Consider a living wall

Consider a living wall

A living wall is a wall covered in greenery that adds an eco-friendly vibe to a building and helps protect the wall from sun, rain and other elements.

EnergyValue Housing Awards focus on energy-efficient construction

EnergyValue Housing Awards focus on energy-efficient construction

With the current state of the national economy, consumers are looking for ways to reduce costs wherever they can — operation of their homes is certainly no exception. In direct response to their customers' needs, and their own desire to...

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