Tag: energy efficiency

New Study Examines Relationship Between Energy-Efficient Homes, Sales Price and Loan Performance

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on October 28, 2019 6 Comments
New Study Examines Relationship Between Energy-Efficient Homes, Sales Price and Loan Performance

Freddie Mac released a new study, “Energy Efficiency: Value Added to Properties & Loan Performance,” to provide insight on how lenders may be able to factor energy-efficiency rating systems into the mortgage underwriting process. The study tracked property sale prices and loan default rates to explore if energy-efficient features could increase home value and provide less financial stress to owners based on decreased utility costs.

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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced on Energy Tax Incentives

Filed in Capitol Hill by on October 16, 2019 0 Comments
Bipartisan Legislation Introduced on Energy Tax Incentives

Two NAHB-supported bipartisan bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to update and extend two expired energy tax incentives frequently used by home builders and remodelers. These provisions are part of a broader group of temporary tax incentives, known as tax extenders, that expired at the end of 2017. 

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NAHB Builder Urges Congress to Promote Green Initiatives

Filed in Affordability, Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on September 20, 2019 8 Comments
NAHB Builder Urges Congress to Promote Green Initiatives

NAHB told Congress today that it wants to work as a partner with officials at all levels of government to encourage energy efficiency, but also stressed that it is urgent that housing affordability is not jeopardized in the process.

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‘Smart Neighborhoods’ Take Efficiency to the Next Level

Filed in Environmental by on May 29, 2018 0 Comments
‘Smart Neighborhoods’ Take Efficiency to the Next Level

Just outside of Birmingham, Ala., Signature Homes recently completed a 62-home development called Reynolds Landing — the first “smart neighborhood” in the state and the first community in the Southeast to be entirely supported by a solar microgrid.

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Buried Ducts Webinar Set for Nov. 9

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Home Building by on November 3, 2017 0 Comments
Buried Ducts Webinar Set for Nov. 9

What’s the best way to bury ducts in attic insulation, and how can builders take advantage of this practice and produce an energy-efficient home at a lower cost? The Department of Energy is offering a free webinar Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. ET that explains the process.

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Last Chance to Claim Many Residential Energy Tax Credits

Filed in Environmental, Homeownership by on April 13, 2017 1 Comment
Last Chance to Claim Many Residential Energy Tax Credits

Tax Day is right around the corner but it’s not too late to remind your customers about the residential energy tax credits available to both new-home buyers and those who made efficiency improvements to existing homes in 2016.

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Roof Coatings Boost Energy Savings

Filed in Design, Home Building by on April 6, 2016 2 Comments
Roof Coatings Boost Energy Savings

A roof coated with reflective white paint will typically reflect 88% of the sun’s energy and reduce interior temperature by 2 degrees Celsius in spaces that are not air-conditioned, according to an Australian study. That translates into an average of about 15% shaved off a building’s energy use, the study found.

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Fannie Mae Unveils ‘HomeStyle Energy’ Mortgage

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Housing Finance by on April 5, 2016 0 Comments
Fannie Mae Unveils ‘HomeStyle Energy’ Mortgage

Consumers now have a new way to finance energy-efficient upgrades when purchasing or refinancing a home. The mortgage may be more affordable than a subordinate lien, home equity line of credit, PACE loan or unsecured loan.

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Home Builders Needed for Moisture Study

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on March 24, 2016 2 Comments
Home Builders Needed for Moisture Study

Home Innovation Research Labs is looking for builders to help them better understand the effects of moisture in highly insulated homes.

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New Appraisal Guide Helps Boost Green Home Valuations

New Appraisal Guide Helps Boost Green Home Valuations

Energy efficiency can be overlooked in the appraisal process for a variety of reasons, but specially trained appraisers can assess the value of these features. NAHB recently collaborated with the Building Codes Assistance Project and Appraisal Institute to create a guide for home builders, buyers and lenders to improve the valuation of homes built to today’s stricter energy codes.

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