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Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Green Standard’s Scope Expands, New Committee Members Wanted

Home Innovation Research Labs has expanded the scope of the next edition of the National Green Building Standard to include commercial portions of primarily residential buildings and assisted living facilities.

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NAHB Student Chapter Prepares for Solar Decathlon

Filed in Environmental, Student Chapters by on September 28, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Student Chapter Prepares for Solar Decathlon

The contestants will be judged on water use strategies; smart energy use; market potential; cost-effective design; and more.

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Study: Green Home Building on the Rise

Filed in Environmental, Home Building, Multifamily by on September 27, 2017 0 Comments
Study: Green Home Building on the Rise

Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single-family and multifamily home builders, according to new research published in the Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes 2017 SmartMarket Brief.

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Webinar Offers Leg Up on Housing Innovation Awards

Filed in Awards, Design, Environmental by on April 19, 2017 1 Comment
Webinar Offers Leg Up on Housing Innovation Awards

The best green home builders are getting ready to maintain their stellar reputation — and maintain the NAHB sweep — as the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready program opens up the application process for the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards.

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New ‘Water Rating Index’ Guidelines Open for Comments

New ‘Water Rating Index’ Guidelines Open for Comments

RESNET and the International Code Council are debuting a draft the WER Index. It will rate a home’s efficiency in water use in the same way that the HERS index measures a property’s energy efficiency. A March 15 webinra explains it all.

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Salmon Creek: The Value of a Net Zero Home

Filed in Environmental, Home Building by on February 27, 2017 0 Comments
Salmon Creek: The Value of a Net Zero Home

Troy Johns, now president of Urban NW Homes, started building green when he saw how it improved his wife’s health. Now, he’s going net zero.

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Outlook Gloomy for Tax Extenders, Including Energy Incentives

Filed in Capitol Hill, Economics by on December 1, 2016 0 Comments
Outlook Gloomy for Tax Extenders, Including Energy Incentives

A number of temporary tax provisions, or tax extenders, are set to expire this month, and it appears unlikely that Congress will renew them. They include energy tax incentives used by builders, as well as home owner tax benefits including the deduction for mortgage insurance premiums.

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NGBS: Out with the Old, In with the New

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on November 28, 2016 0 Comments
NGBS: Out with the Old, In with the New

As 2016 comes to a close, a sunset date has been set for the projects seeking certification under the 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard. Meanwhile, plans already are gearing up for the 4th edition.

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Shower Better This Month

Filed in Design, Environmental, Remodelers by on October 12, 2016 1 Comment
Shower Better This Month

We’re sure you already knew this: October is Shower Better Month. It’s the time of year that the Environmental Protection Agency reminds consumers that shorter showers — or new showerheads — can save the average home owner about 2,900 gallons of water per year.

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Educating Home Owners to Make Sustainability Stick

Educating Home Owners to Make Sustainability Stick

The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) was released in March. This post is the eighth and final post in a series that examines what’s different in this new edition – and what’s changed in the world of sustainable construction since the 2012 NGBS. This week: Updates to Operation, Maintenance, and Building Owner Education.

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