Sustainability & Green Building

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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Next Meeting Set for National Green Building Standard

Next Meeting Set for National Green Building Standard

Members of the National Green Building Standard Consensus Committee will meet in Washington, D.C. May 15-17 to discuss proposed changes to the fourth edition of the standard. So far, the standard has been used to certify nearly 140,000 new and remodeled homes and multifamily units.

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Prevent ‘Greenwashing’ with These Tools

Prevent ‘Greenwashing’ with These Tools

The high-performance building industry continues to gain traction, which is good news for builders and consumers alike. But with this growth comes an emerging problem of sellers presenting a product as more environmentally friendly than is the case.

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Webinar: Go Green with the Multifamily-Friendly NGBS

Webinar: Go Green with the Multifamily-Friendly NGBS

For many years, it was true that building with green products and processes meant more expense, and that was particularly true for multifamily developers and builders. But that all changed with the development of the National Green Building Standard, and this April 11 webinar will explain how you can use it to your advantage.

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Progress Continues on RESNET Water Rating Index

Progress Continues on RESNET Water Rating Index

The Residential Energy Services Network, or RESNET, is moving forward with development of a national consensus standard for its water efficiency rating index and is seeking volunteers to try it out.

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Help Your High-Performance Home Appraise as it Should

Help Your High-Performance Home Appraise as it Should

As any green home builder can attest, getting accurate valuations on high-performance homes is no easy feat. The sustainability and efficiency aspects built into the building envelope are not often visible to the untrained eye. Luckily, builders can protect their investment and realize the full market potential of their home.

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British Columbia Program Helps Builders Get Zero-Energy Ready

British Columbia Program Helps Builders Get Zero-Energy Ready

Buildings in British Columbia will be required to be built as zero-energy ready by 2032. So the Canadian province established the BC Energy Step Code (or stretch code) to help builders and communities make the transition. This is part of B.C.’s larger plan to reduce carbon dioxide, and similar initiatives are being launched in the United States.

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