Due largely to unusually severe weather across much of the nation, housing starts fell 16 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 880,000 units in January.
Unusually severe weather conditions across much of the nation along with continued concerns over the cost and availability of labor and lots resulted in a 10-point drop in builder confidence.
Monthly leasing fee at Oakwood covers installation as well
Home Innovation Research Labs has convened the process to update the 2015 version of the National Green Building Standard.
Deadline for larger companies is 2015; smaller companies have until 2016
Creators hope to improve upon net zero standards
Other focuses include disaster recovery, infrastructure upgrades and renewable energy projects
Insulation, photovoltaics, and placement and sizing of doors and windows all impact energy efficiency
Certain techniques could reduce energy consumption by 90 percent