Environmental

Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 6, 2017 7 Comments
Home Appraisals to Include HERS Scores

In this new partnership, RESNET’s database of HERS-rated homes will be available to the Appraisal Institute in states where the rating system is prevalent. The HERS score will be added as a green building certification, similar to the ICC-ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard.

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WOTUS: What’s Next

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on March 3, 2017 2 Comments
WOTUS: What’s Next

Now that President Trump has ordered an extensive review of the “waters of the United States” definitions in the Clean Water Act, many NAHB members have questions about how this executive order changes the stormwater and wetlands permitting processes they have been following all along – and what the next steps are. Here’s a few answers.

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NAHB Applauds Trump as WOTUS Rollback Begins

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 28, 2017 16 Comments
NAHB Applauds Trump as WOTUS Rollback Begins

President Donald Trump today honored a campaign promise made to home builders as he signed an executive order directing EPA to repeal and replace the controversial “waters of the United States” rule.

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Salmon Creek: The Value of a Net Zero Home

Filed in Environmental, Home Building by on February 27, 2017 0 Comments
Salmon Creek: The Value of a Net Zero Home

Troy Johns, now president of Urban NW Homes, started building green when he saw how it improved his wife’s health. Now, he’s going net zero.

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New CGP Takes Effect Today

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on February 16, 2017 0 Comments
New CGP Takes Effect Today

Weeks after announcing a freeze on new or recent regulations, the White House has granted a waiver to the Environmental Protection Agency for the 2017 Construction General Permit, cementing for now troublesome language that can hold a builder responsible when other builders in the same development violate the law.

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White House ‘Unfreezes’ Streamlined Wetlands Permits

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Land Development by on February 10, 2017 1 Comment
White House ‘Unfreezes’ Streamlined Wetlands Permits

Last week, NAHB urged the White House to exclude the recently reissued Clean Water Act nationwide wetland permits from a regulatory “freeze” — and the White House paid attention.

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3,000 Green Homes Certified to South Carolina’s CHiP Program

Filed in Environmental, Leadership by on February 7, 2017 0 Comments
3,000 Green Homes Certified to South Carolina’s CHiP Program

The Building Industry of Central South Carolina’s Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program hit a milestone in January when it certified the 3,000th home to meet its requirements.

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NAHB Urges White House to Ensure Streamlined Wetland Permits Remain Available

NAHB Urges White House to Ensure Streamlined Wetland Permits Remain Available

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memo directing federal agencies to withdraw or postpone – by a minimum of 60 days — recently finalized regulations on Jan. 20. NAHB wants to ensure this action doesn’t make it harder for builders to get a wetlands permit.

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Wanted: 2018 NGBS Consensus Committee Members

Green home builders, remodelers and designers and others sustainability enthusiasts are encouraged to apply to the committee that will develop the 2018 version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard .

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Liberty Pass: An Affordable Green Community for Veterans

Filed in Awards, Design, Environmental by on February 1, 2017 1 Comment
Liberty Pass: An Affordable Green Community for Veterans

Builders at the Pinnacle Housing Group had several goals in mind when they started the Liberty Pass project in Selma, Texas. They wanted returning veterans to have a place to live that was comfortable, affordable and sustainable. They succeeded on all fronts.

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