It’s hard to describe the scene after the North Bay fires. Driving through the hardest-hit neighborhoods is exactly how I picture a war zone. Burned-out cars, still sitting on the driveways of now-gone homes. Charred rubble piled beneath twisted, blackened trees. Graffiti marking no-go zones...

Over the past year, the Acre team has been heads-down, hard at work. This "remaking housing" thing poses some major challenges, and you haven't heard much from us as we've been silently chipping away at it. In this 2-part post we'll update you on that...

Discuss houses with anyone, and chances are you’ll spend most of the conversation talking about square footage. “How many square feet is it?” “How much did it cost to build per square foot?” “Everything else in the neighborhood has 4,000 square feet, so you couldn’t...

Santa Monica beats the rest of the world to the punch on net zero energy (NZE), mandating that all new homes be NZE starting in January 2017.  All of California is on track for a 2020 mandate, with many voicing serious concerns about the reality of...