Sustainability & Green Building

Alaska Building Pros Learn the Ins and Outs of Green Building Valuation

Alaska Building Pros Learn the Ins and Outs of Green Building Valuation

A home’s green-building features can be tricky to value appropriately if the appraiser isn’t adequately equipped with the proper knowledge and tools to understand these components and how they impact the value of a home.

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Why Builders Should Attend the National Energy Codes Conference

Why Builders Should Attend the National Energy Codes Conference

Although the National Energy Codes Conference may seem like it’s just for policymakers and code officials, it is far from that. The intimate environment of this year’s approximately 250-person conference brought together a range of stakeholders, which allowed for authentic discussions about how codes affect those in the building industry and how federal resources can be used to effectively solve local issues related to implementation and enforcement.

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Boomers Cite Durable Materials Among Most-Wanted Home Features

Boomers Cite Durable Materials Among Most-Wanted Home Features

As of 2019, the entire baby boomer generation is now officially 55 years old and up. What do these 75 million consumers in a strong 55+ housing market want in their homes for their ‘golden years’?

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How Zero-Energy Homes Can Help Achieve Consumers’ Energy Wants

How Zero-Energy Homes Can Help Achieve Consumers’ Energy Wants

More than 50% of consumers rated a zero-energy home (ZEH) as a desirable or must-have feature for their home purchases in NAHB’s recent What Home Buyers Really Want survey. Training opportunities are available for home-building professionals wanting to learn more about how to create these types of homes.

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Key Energy-Efficient Features for Today’s Boomer Buyer

Key Energy-Efficient Features for Today’s Boomer Buyer

Baby boomers moving into communities desire energy-efficient features, especially windows and appliances, and in addition, 84% of potential homebuyers recently surveyed favor whole-home energy certification. See the key strategies Christopher Companies uses to address these desires in its The Crest of Alexandria development.

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Public Comment Period Open for Revised EPA WaterSense Homes Program

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Public Comment Period Open for Revised EPA WaterSense Homes Program

EPA published the WaterSense Draft Specification for Homes, Version 2.0, with the stated goals to further promote residential water efficiency and enable market transformation in home construction. Submit comments and suggestions on the draft specification and other supporting documents by June 3.

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Students Develop Innovative Home Solutions at the 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

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Students Develop Innovative Home Solutions at the 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

The 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge emphasizes the importance of innovation in the building industry and gives college students real-world experience in designing single-family and multifamily housing, as well as other building types.

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How to Communicate the Benefits of Green Homes

How to Communicate the Benefits of Green Homes

Although Earth Day only comes once a year, home buyers think green year-round. Knowing how to frame the conversation can help ensure home buyers understand the value of investing in green building practices, as shown by a recent NAHB study.

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The Sun Has Set on the 2012 National Green Building Standard

The Sun Has Set on the 2012 National Green Building Standard

The ICC 700-2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been sunset and the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 NGBS is currently the only version of the standard for residential green building certification. Here are a few of the more significant changes from the 2012 to 2015 standard for those preparing to make the switch.

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Share Your Comments Now on the 2020 NGBS

Share Your Comments Now on the 2020 NGBS

The second draft standard of the ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is now available for public comment. The comment period will close April 29, 2019.

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