Sustainability and Green Building

2 Key Strategies to Reduce Home Wildfire Risk

2 Key Strategies to Reduce Home Wildfire Risk

Summer is approaching, which is peak wildfire season for some. There are two main types of strategies builders, remodelers and home owners can employ to minimize potential impact from wildfires.

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IBS 2021 Show Home Boasts Spaciousness in an Urban Setting

IBS 2021 Show Home Boasts Spaciousness in an Urban Setting

Built within the densely populated Winter Park community of Orlando, The New American Home® 2021 will showcase many of the amenities today’s home buyers are seeking – most notably, a prime location.

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How Smart Homes Could Benefit from Energy Management Systems

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on June 1, 2020 1 Comment
How Smart Homes Could Benefit from Energy Management Systems

The new ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Program establishes standards for managing smart-home technology energy use and software.

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New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

Remodelers who use green-building techniques will be better positioned to meet the growing demand for improving a home’s energy efficiency. The new ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) provides a roadmap to guide the design and construction of high-performance projects

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What You Say Matters — Selling High Performance to Your Customers

What You Say Matters — Selling High Performance to Your Customers

Living harder in their homes has people considering what they really want in their next house. Efficient, comfortable and healthy homes are likely to be high on the list of “must-haves” for those looking to buy or to remodel. When talking to potential home buyers, consider highlighting features that meet some of these new ”must-haves.”

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EPA Wants to Know What Customers Think About WaterSense-Labeled Products

EPA Wants to Know What Customers Think About WaterSense-Labeled Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its decision via a Federal Register notice to maintain the current specifications for several WaterSense-labeled products. In addition to announcing the completion of the product review, the notice also contained requests for input and information related to consumer satisfaction.

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2020 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Highlights Pioneering Housing Solutions

2020 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Highlights Pioneering Housing Solutions

Forty-five teams representing 31 colleges competed for the grand prize, and for the first time, there were two winners: one for residential and one for commercial. Miami University (Ohio) was the residential grand winner for a community in Cincinnati called Peace Village, and NAHB student chapter member Pennsylvania State University won an honorable mention in the suburban single-family division.

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EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards Spotlight NAHB Members, Importance of Indoor Air Quality

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EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards Spotlight NAHB Members, Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Applications are open now for the 2020 Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards. Learn more about last year’s winners and the importance of indoor air quality.

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Why Building Green Is Worth the Investment

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on April 29, 2020 4 Comments
Why Building Green Is Worth the Investment

Although some green homes may come with a cost premium, single-family builders and remodelers both perceive that owners of green homes experience value from their homes that typically outweighs any additional original cost, according to the latest data from the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief.

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2020 National Green Building Standard Now Available

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on April 22, 2020 3 Comments
2020 National Green Building Standard Now Available

The 2020 edition of the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is available for public use. The NGBS provides the roadmap for residential professionals to integrate green features appropriate for their businesses and housing markets.

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