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Zero Net Energy Modular Homes in 2020

Zero Net Energy Modular Homes in 2020

We hear a lot of talk about Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. In California, all new homes are required to be designed to demonstrate zero net electricity usage beginning in 2020. Other states, including Massachusetts, are currently discussing whether to mandate...

Meet PIMBYs—“Parents in my Backyard”

Meet PIMBYs—“Parents in my Backyard”

Paul Boehm wasn’t sure how his daughter would react to the idea of moving into her childhood backyard. The 63-year-old retired San Jose school teacher thought there was a good chance Daniela and her husband, Rigoberto, would instead join the growing exodus of young...

Will California’s new ADU laws create a backyard building boom?

2020 may be a good time to build a granny flat

Within the next few years, Californians will realize a gargantuan increase to its housing stock coupled with lower average market rent charges in many parts of the state. That’s because the backyard granny flat (accessory dwelling unit) construction-crush go-go days...

7 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2020

7 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2020

Here are 7 interesting tech trends in construction you might want to keep an eye on 2020. What construction tech trends should you keep an eye on in 2020? These 7 might be the most exciting. We'll expand on a few of these later in the article, but according to sites...

Modular Construction: Big Risks, Bigger Reward

Modular Construction: Big Risks, Bigger Reward

If planned and managed properly, can increase project efficiency, lower cost, and provide quality layout and material options. When you think of traditional modular construction, most people imagine cheap, single- or two-story buildings, or a cookie-cutter house on a...

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