Sustainability & Green Building

Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

NAHB today urged Congress to oppose any federal mandates that require the adoption of more stringent building codes because it would harm housing affordability, prevent healthy competition in the marketplace and may not achieve the intended results.

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Award-Winning Young Professional Shares Insights on Green Building

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Award-Winning Young Professional Shares Insights on Green Building

A pioneer of net-zero energy home development, Anthony Maschmedt, principal and founder of Dwell Development in Seattle, is constantly spreading his wealth of knowledge about green building best practices at events around the country. He was also recognized with the 2018 Best in Green “One to Watch” Young Professional of the Year Award.

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HERS or HES? A Breakdown of Different Energy Rating Scales

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HERS or HES? A Breakdown of Different Energy Rating Scales

The amount of money a home owner spends on utility costs to operate their house can have a significant impact on their monthly budgets and what they can comfortably afford, so it’s important to be able to speak to how energy efficient your buildings are to potential clients. With several energy rating systems out there, here’s how to decipher what each number means.

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Deconstruction: Un-building for the Future

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Deconstruction: Un-building for the Future

Demolition is the most common way of removing an old structure but results in the materials going to the landfill. Deconstruction is the systematic disassembly of a building. This technique can be used for some or all of a building teardown to salvage usable materials and reduce waste.

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Networking Opportunities for Women in Construction

Networking Opportunities for Women in Construction

Networking is an important tool no matter what field you’re in, but can be even more important for women in the construction industry, where women make up only 9% of the workforce in the United States. To honor NAHB’s Professional Women in Building Week, we highlight some women-centered networking groups that have events around the country at local chapters.

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NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB and EPA Leadership Address Key Issues Affecting Housing Affordability

NAHB’s Senior Officers met with Andrew Wheeler, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss NAHB’s continued collaboration with the agency on key issues involving the home building industry.

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How Transportation Trends Can Affect the Housing Market

How Transportation Trends Can Affect the Housing Market

Many countries, states and municipalities are now considering EV charging mandates, as infrastructure is needed to facilitate market growth, which may impact what builders are required to include in new homes and developments.

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4 High-Performance Building Tips for Builders

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4 High-Performance Building Tips for Builders

The Southeast Building Conference, hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association, is the largest building industry trade show in the southeast. Several education sessions focused on high-performance building, including these four important takeaways.

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Can BIM Make High-Performance Building Easier?

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building, Technology by on August 27, 2019 1 Comment
Can BIM Make High-Performance Building Easier?

While Building Information Modeling (BIM) is standard operating procedure on large commercial projects, relatively few residential builders have gotten on board. The few home builders who are using it call it a game changer.

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How to Get Involved with the HBA Sustainability Network

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How to Get Involved with the HBA Sustainability Network

NAHB initiated the HBA Sustainability Network in 2018 as a way for local home builder associations (HBAs) to educate others on sustainability efforts that are occurring throughout the country. The next call on Aug. 28, from 2-3 p.m. ET, will cover the latest consumer trends related to energy efficiency and green building based on NAHB’s What Home Buyers Really Want survey.

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