Tag: green building

Solar Appraisals Move Forward

Filed in Housing Trends, Technology by on July 25, 2016 0 Comments
Solar Appraisals Move Forward

A new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that it’s possible to demonstrate how homes equipped with solar panels are worth more than comparable homes without them.

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SolSmart Hopes to Spur Growth of Solar

Filed in Environmental by on April 29, 2016 1 Comment
SolSmart Hopes to Spur Growth of Solar

Builders and remodelers whose clients are interested in solar power know that there’s a lot more to it than just the installation process. There’s the permitting, confusing rules about financing and incentive programs, and other potential hurdles that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says can add as much as $2,500 to the cost of going solar. Now DOE is stepping up to the plate with the launch of SolSmart, a community designation program intended to fuel the growth of solar power by knocking over these hurdles.

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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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How to Get a Premium for Your Energy-Efficient Home

Filed in Education, Home Building by on January 29, 2016 3 Comments
How to Get a Premium for Your Energy-Efficient Home

While location, design and price are a home buyer’s main considerations, surveys show that buyers rank energy efficiency as one of the most desirable features – and importantly, one they are willing to pay more for.

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10 Innovations in Green Building Technology

10 Innovations in Green Building Technology

Build green or have an interest in building green? If so, take a look at 10 of the most innovative products—all nominees of the Best in IBS Awards—in green building technology today.

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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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The New American Home Readies for IBS 2016

Filed in Design, Home Building, International Builders' Show by on November 27, 2015 1 Comment
The New American Home Readies for IBS 2016

Josh Anderson and his team at Element Design Build are busy putting the finishing touches on the 2016 New American Home®. The home is sure to impress the thousands of housing industry professionals who tour the home during the International Builders’ Show in January.

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At Expo, Green Meant Go for Home Builders

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Education by on November 20, 2015 0 Comments
At Expo, Green Meant Go for Home Builders

Home builders, remodelers and architects flocked this week to the NAHB booth at GreenBuild, the annual conference of the U.S. Green Building Council, in Washington, D.C. to talk housing trends, green certification and joining the association. NAHB and the Home Innovation Research Labs sponsored the “Housing Hub” on the Expo Hall floor for two days […]

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Stevens Institute of Technology Takes Top Honors at Solar Decathlon

Filed in Design, Environmental, Technology by on October 27, 2015 0 Comments
Stevens Institute of Technology Takes Top Honors at Solar Decathlon

The 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon came to a close last week in Irvine, Calif., with the Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken, N. J.. showing up the competition and winning first place. The DOE Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, finance, build and operate fully functional solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient […]

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Rebuilding Green in Iraq

Filed in Construction Industry, Design by on October 27, 2015 0 Comments
Rebuilding Green in Iraq

In Iraq, where years of war have left wide swaths of the country with no power, roads, or other infrastructure, where thousands of homes have been destroyed and there are few construction materials to be found, an NAHB education program is showing a way to build a home with little to no waste and to make sure it can operate in a country with a power grid that only works sometimes.

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