Trailer Treasure—Affordable Housing, Green Living, Community, Income in an Unlikely Place
The American dream of homeownership for all is not particularly healthy these days. Housing prices in some areas have already returned to pre-Great Recession (2006) levels. According to the Trulia real estate website, the median price ...
The term "construction defect" was little known among builders just a few years ago. Today, cases are popping up all over the country, and class action lawsuits involving defective houses are becoming commonplace. [continue reading]
The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) is helping to make American housing stock more affordable and energy- and resource-efficient. [continue reading]
People who know building science often cringe when they see new construction with the same old problems. Leaky ducts, poor air sealing, improperly sized mechanical systems all seem too common. But visiting construction sites only shows part of the problem. [continue reading]
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has helped over 50,000 families obtain affordable housing. Thanks to the commitment and partnership of thousands of volunteers and homeowners, Habitat has become one of the most respected humanitarian organizations and the 20th largest home builder in the United States. [continue reading]
The National Affordable Housing Network has developed house plans that greatly reduce first costs while providing the greatest possible improvement in energy efficiency and comfort. [continue reading]
In 1994, HFHI launched an environmental initiative centered on the idea of sustainable construction--an idea that embraces resource- and energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive building techniques. [continue reading]
Cohousing communities are neighborhoods designed and managed by residents seeking a cooperative living arrangement. These developments foster community, save money, and reduce environmental impacts--including residential energy use. [continue reading]
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