Sustainability and Green Building

IBSx Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Application Now Open

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IBSx Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Application Now Open

Students or recent graduates (within the past two years) in a two- or four-year university/college, vocational apprenticeship, or other training program who are interested in green building can apply for a scholarship to attend the 2021 IBSx Virtual Experience for free.

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250,000 Homes Certified to the NGBS

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250,000 Homes Certified to the NGBS

The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Certification Program reached a key milestone this week with the certification of its 250,000th home — the Broadstone Junction multifamily community in historic Norcross, Ga.

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NAHB Members Dominate the 2020 Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards

NAHB Members Dominate the 2020 Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards

More than 70% of the builders and raters recognized in the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards program are NAHB members. Additionally, NAHB member EnergyLogic from Berthoud, Colo., received the Leader of the Year award in the Rater category.

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The Value of Third-Party Inspections

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on October 15, 2020 3 Comments
The Value of Third-Party Inspections

Do third-party green building inspections actually add value to projects? A recent study by SK Collaborative set out to answer this question by analyzing 10 recently constructed or renovated multifamily affordable housing projects in Georgia, all of which received Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) awards.

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How Multifamily Developers Can Save Money Through Green Certification

How Multifamily Developers Can Save Money Through Green Certification

Some multifamily developers forgo seeking green building certification because they believe the costs are too high. It can cost a lot — but not for the reasons they may be thinking.

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The Impact Embodied Carbon Can Have on a Home’s Environmental Footprint

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on September 29, 2020 1 Comment
The Impact Embodied Carbon Can Have on a Home’s Environmental Footprint

Has your state or local jurisdiction recently implemented a policy that sets targets for decreasing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions? You might be wondering how to comply. Here are a few factors that influence overall greenhouse gas emissions for buildings.

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Which Water Efficiency Rating System Works for You?

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Which Water Efficiency Rating System Works for You?

Certifying your project to an above-code, voluntary water efficiency rating system provides independent confirmation of the water-saving practices you have installed in your projects, and validates to your buyer and the local market that you have built a house to a higher standard than what code requires. So which rating system is the best for you as you explore ways to differentiate yourself in the market?

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NAHB Green Builders Recognized in National Awards Program

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on September 15, 2020 0 Comments
NAHB Green Builders Recognized in National Awards Program

Many NAHB members have been selected as finalists in the Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Awards. Winners will be announced at EEBA’s High Performance Home Summit, which will start Sept. 29.

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Green Mortgages Can Help Home Owners Invest in Energy Efficiency Benefits

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on September 9, 2020 5 Comments
Green Mortgages Can Help Home Owners Invest in Energy Efficiency Benefits

As home owners continue to assess the overall needs of their home in the wake of COVID-19, including energy usage, they may want to explore energy or “green” mortgages to purchase homes that utilize energy-efficient technologies.

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NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

With so many green rating systems available, understanding how each one compares to others is imperative for making a choice that works best for your project, climate zone and market. The recent release of the 2020 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) provides a great opportunity to conduct a side-by-side comparison, starting with energy performance — an easy element to measure.

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