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How to Design Homes for Today’s Aging Population

How to Design Homes for Today’s Aging Population

Recent data show that very few homes incorporate the necessary accessibility features for older adults to age in place. So what can the home-building industry do to help increase the supply of necessary housing, not only for this demographic but future generations as well?

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Industry Leaders to Share Insights on Barriers to Homeownership

Filed in Affordability by on February 14, 2020 0 Comments
Industry Leaders to Share Insights on Barriers to Homeownership

NAHB’s Election 2020 series with The Hill continues in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8:30 a.m. Tune in to the event’s livestream, which will be available through The Hill’s “Building the Dream: Charlotte” webpage, to watch as state and local government officials, industry leaders and community partners share their insights on the challenges of housing affordability.

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Senior Community Meets Affordability Needs Through High-Performance Building

Filed in Awards, Multifamily, Sustainability & Green Building by on February 13, 2020 0 Comments
Senior Community Meets Affordability Needs Through High-Performance Building

HANAC Corona is the first affordable senior community in the country to meet the stringent European standards for Passive House construction. The community’s attention to energy efficiency and sustainability earned it the 2019 NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Best in Green Affordable Multifamily Community Award.

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How to Reduce Costs and Improve Construction Quality

How to Reduce Costs and Improve Construction Quality

The “Reducing Cost + Improving Construction Quality: Can You Have It Both Ways?” interactive learning experience — one of the pre-show master workshops at IBS — encouraged the audience to think critically about building science issues and how to use low-cost techniques to improve construction quality.

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Final Opportunity Zone Regulations Provide Clarity but Add Complexity

Filed in Multifamily, Tax Reform Toolkit by on February 4, 2020 0 Comments
Final Opportunity Zone Regulations Provide Clarity but Add Complexity

In late December, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service released the final regulations on investing in qualified opportunity funds, which clarify many key issues regarding investments in opportunity zones and how to qualify for the associated tax benefits. NAHB has reviewed the final regulations and updated its frequently asked questions webpage to note key issues related to real estate investments.

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How Zoning and Regulations Can Produce Barriers to Housing Affordability

Filed in Affordability by on February 3, 2020 1 Comment
How Zoning and Regulations Can Produce Barriers to Housing Affordability

Despite improved conditions in the housing industry, a recent episode from The Hill.TV highlights how communities are still grappling with how to overcome the challenges of housing affordability for many of their residents. Cities such as Washington, D.C., have seen housing prices vastly outgrow household income gains, putting homeownership increasingly out of reach.

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Experts Reflect on Top Green Products at IBS

Experts Reflect on Top Green Products at IBS

The International Builders’ Show (IBS) is a great place to learn from leading professionals in the construction industry. The High Performance Building Zone utilized its happy hour sessions for experts to share their insights on high-performance building practices, trends and hot products with IBS attendees.

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Study: Builders Increasingly Focusing on High-Performance Building Practices

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on January 21, 2020 1 Comment
Study: Builders Increasingly Focusing on High-Performance Building Practices

Home builders across the country are prioritizing high-performance building practices in their projects, regardless of whether they consider the home they are building to be “green,” according to new research published in the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief.

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What Resilience in a Home Looks Like Depends on Where You Live

What Resilience in a Home Looks Like Depends on Where You Live

Most areas of the country tend to be at higher risk for one or two hazards. Practices can be incorporated into new and existing homes to help increase the chance they will “weather the storm” by making them more resilient and enabling home owners to repair and remain in those homes.

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Smaller Townhouses Help Address Missing Middle Housing Issue

Filed in Affordability, Land Development by on January 16, 2020 3 Comments
Smaller Townhouses Help Address Missing Middle Housing Issue

NAHB continues to dive into ongoing concerns over housing affordability, including its “Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes” report. The report identifies ordinances and codes that enable the construction of more varied housing types and smaller, more affordable homes, including the form-based code for greenfield development used in the Mews Townhouse Units in South Jordan, Utah.

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