Sustainability & Green Building

Smart Home Technology Works for Water Leaks, Too

Smart Home Technology Works for Water Leaks, Too

Many sources can contribute to water damage, including water heater failure, a burst pipe, a broken supply line under the sink, a clogged toilet or even a split hose connected to a washing machine. So how can home owners prevent these types of incidents from occurring? Smart home technology can help.

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6 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs

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6 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs

A green roof — also known as a living roof, eco-roof, vegetated roof and rooftop garden — has economic and environmental benefits that can offset its initial cost and required maintenance. This “living roof” is an extension placed above a typical roof surface. A green roof can also be at ground level over an underground built structure.

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Greening the MLS Fields to Realize the Full Value of High-Performance Homes

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Greening the MLS Fields to Realize the Full Value of High-Performance Homes

Studies nationwide show energy-efficient homes sell for more and sell faster. But if the buyers don’t know they are looking at a high-performance home, they aren’t going to pay more for it. HBA staff are encouraged to join the next HBA Sustainability Network call to learn more about how the National Association of Realtors has been working to ensure green feature information is available in MLS listings and educate professionals on how to use this information in valuing a home.

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Public Comments Reviewed for ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard

Public Comments Reviewed for ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard

The 45-member Consensus Committee for the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) met Feb. 11-13 in Washington, D.C., to review and vote upon the public comments it received to its 2020 draft standard.

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Green Wins BIG at IBS

Green Wins BIG at IBS

In its fifth year, NAHB’s Best in Green (BIG) Awards recognized the best green-certified projects in a variety of categories, including single-family homes, multifamily projects, communities and remodeling.

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Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality Top Buyers’ Green Preferences

Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality Top Buyers’ Green Preferences

When buyers think of a green home, they think of features that will first save energy and second improve the quality of the air in the home, according survey results released today by NAHB at the International Builders’ Show.

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IBS 2019 Green Banter & Beer: Learn How You Can Go Your OWN Way

IBS 2019 Green Banter & Beer: Learn How You Can Go Your OWN Way

The popular Green Banter & Beer event returns to the International Builders’ Show this year. Join us at the High Performance Building Zone for “Young Professionals – You Can Go Your OWN Way,” featuring a five-person panel of young professionals who will share their experiences in forging their own paths in the construction industry.

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Using Energy Savings to Sell Homes

Using Energy Savings to Sell Homes

Building homes that save money and use less resources is better for the environment, and more comfortable and durable to live in makes sense. It can also be a selling point if properly communicated.

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Green Building Becoming the Standard for New Homes

Filed in Design, Sustainability & Green Building by on January 16, 2019 1 Comment
Green Building Becoming the Standard for New Homes

Is green here to stay? All indications are yes. Homes are increasingly being designed, constructed, and operated toward the greener end of the construction continuum.

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Energy Conservation Code Development Begins in 2019

Energy Conservation Code Development Begins in 2019

Code development runs on a three-year cycle, meaning that work on the 2021 edition of the ICC started in 2018 with the Group A sections of the code. Group B sections of the code will begin development in 2019, headlined by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model code adopted by states and municipal governments nationwide to establish minimum energy efficiency requirements.

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