Sustainability & Green Building

Promote Careers in Construction with Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans

Promote Careers in Construction with Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans

NAHB has partnered with the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma Construction Science Program to create lesson plans that building professionals can use to encourage interest in construction careers at the middle school level.

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NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

Today marks the third annual Energy Efficiency Day, a celebration in which a burgeoning network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. For NAHB green builders, it is a great way to celebrate the growing popularity of energy-efficient home construction.

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Comment Period Now Open for NGBS Changes

Comment Period Now Open for NGBS Changes

The draft of the 2020 edition of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is now open for comment. Builders, remodelers, code officials – in fact, all members of the public – are invited to take a look at the proposed changes to the standard and submit their opinions. The deadline is Nov. 12.

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HBA of Metro Portland’s Home Show Goes Green

HBA of Metro Portland’s Home Show Goes Green

Committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its month-long home show, the HBA collected the cans and bottles from the event, which totaled 8,712 recyclables filling up 132 bags. The association then converted its bounty of bottles and cans into over $800 of cash and donated this money to the local non-profit organization.

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NGBS Certification Vaults Past 150,000-Home Mark

NGBS Certification Vaults Past 150,000-Home Mark

The National Green Building Standard Certification Program has reached an important milestone with the certification of the 150,000th home to meet its requirements – and there are an additional 120,000 projects in the pipeline.

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Brrrr … It’s Cold, but ‘Green’ in the Ice Box

Brrrr … It’s Cold, but ‘Green’ in the Ice Box

The #IceBoxChallengeDC, which ended Friday, tested how well ice could hold up inside two shed-sized “ice boxes.”

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Builders Respond to Growing Interest in Green Homes

Builders Respond to Growing Interest in Green Homes

During National Homeownership Month in June, we’re focusing on the critical role that the home plays in our lives and how NAHB members are finding innovative ways to build the American Dream.

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Early Birds: Save BIG on Best in Green Award Applications

Early Birds: Save BIG on Best in Green Award Applications

NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building Subcommittee has opened the application and nomination process for the 2018 NAHB Best in Green (BIG) Awards and is offering great savings for early applicants.

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NAHB Student Chapter Partners with Local Firm to Win ‘Race to Zero’

NAHB Student Chapter Partners with Local Firm to Win ‘Race to Zero’

The NAHB Student Chapter program from Pennsylvania State University took first place in the Suburban Single Family category of the 2018 Race to Zero Competition. Run by the Department of Energy, this competition challenges students to design cost-effective, zero-energy ready homes. NAHB is a program sponsor.

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The Nation Watches as California Mandates Solar Power

The Nation Watches as California Mandates Solar Power

California has long pushed the envelope on energy and environmental policies. Right now, people are abuzz with the California Energy Commission’s proposed requirements for the the state’s 2020 energy code, which includes mandates on solar energy generation for all new residential construction beginning in January 2020.

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