Sustainability & Green Building

5 Building Techniques to Help Homes Bounce Back After a Storm

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5 Building Techniques to Help Homes Bounce Back After a Storm

Industry professionals will discuss the importance of resiliency in high-performance building in design at this year’s Southeast Building Conference (SEBC), held Aug. 1-2 in Kissimmee, Fla. Here are a few of the trends and best practices they are exploring.

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A Collaborative Approach to Building Communities and Homes

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A Collaborative Approach to Building Communities and Homes

This year’s North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) Conference brought together an eclectic mix of health professionals, behavioral scientists, real estate developers, builders, manufacturers and more to talk about transforming our communities and building the world we want. Each field brought different perspectives on why to build green, which helped builders in the audience better understand the true value of incorporating various green features into their homes.

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Top 3 Areas for Increased NGBS Certification Activity

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Top 3 Areas for Increased NGBS Certification Activity

A recent report from the National Association of Realtors indicates buyer interest in homes with green features and the impact it is having on sales. With more than 183,000 homes already certified to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), and 122,000-plus units currently in the pipeline, NGBS certification can be an important marketing advantage for builders. Find out where these certified homes are located.

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How to Get Great Zero-Energy Home Designs and Develop a Future Workforce

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How to Get Great Zero-Energy Home Designs and Develop a Future Workforce

The Solar Decathlon Design Partners Pilot provides student teams the opportunity to work with experienced designers and builders, who will receive a zero-energy design product for their portfolio in return.

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How Green Building Can Boost Housing Affordability

How Green Building Can Boost Housing Affordability

Housing affordability — a top priority for NAHB in 2019 — is a critical issue nationwide. Although there is no single solution to the affordability challenge, incentives can provide some relief. Visit NAHB at the NACo Conference this week to learn how high-performance building strategies in both market-rate and low-income homes can qualify for these incentives to provide affordable solutions, and what other jurisdictions are doing.

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Bipartisan Codes Bill Promotes Affordability, Energy Savings

Bipartisan Codes Bill Promotes Affordability, Energy Savings

Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Bill Flores (R- Texas), Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.), Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Lou Correa (D-Calif. today introduced bipartisan legislation that would foster the development of energy efficiency baselines for buildings while ensuring that home builders and home owners are not burdened by unreasonable regulations.

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Leveraging Green Building to Incentivize Housing Affordability

Leveraging Green Building to Incentivize Housing Affordability

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is an important resource for creating affordable rental housing in the United States. Each state approves a Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), which establishes the criteria allocating agencies will use to award LIHTCs. Some states include green certification programs as part of their QAP. See which programs are recognized in your state.

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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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