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How “Business-as-Usual” Products Can Present Green Building Opportunities

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on December 27, 2019 2 Comments
How “Business-as-Usual” Products Can Present Green Building Opportunities

At a recent green building conference, one education session of interest highlighted top green building products for a changing climate. The session presented business-as-usual scenarios of products that tend to be inefficient or have issues, and then building and materials science experts featured products and applications for more efficient opportunities. Here are some great examples.

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Getting Started with New Building Concepts at IBS

Filed in Business Management, IBS by on December 27, 2019 0 Comments
Getting Started with New Building Concepts at IBS

Have you considered experimenting with a new building style? Wanted to add new skills to your repertoire? The Centrals and communities at the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) offer a great opportunity to learn more about various segments of the building industry firsthand from subject-matter experts.

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200,000 NGBS-Certified Homes: The Value of Green Certification

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on December 16, 2019 1 Comment
200,000 NGBS-Certified Homes: The Value of Green Certification

The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Certification Program hit a major milestone last week in certifying its 200,000th home.

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ENERGY STAR Publishes Revision 10 of National Program Requirements

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on December 6, 2019 0 Comments
ENERGY STAR Publishes Revision 10 of National Program Requirements

The ENERGY STAR program released Revision 10 of its National Program Requirements last month, which is available for use now and will be required for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes permitted on or after Oct. 1, 2020. The recent publication was not a new version of the program, but a revision release, meaning mostly minor changes and clarifications.

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5 Must-See Green Opportunities at the 2020 International Builders’ Show

Filed in IBS, Sustainability and Green Building by on November 26, 2019 1 Comment
5 Must-See Green Opportunities at the 2020 International Builders’ Show

Looking to learn about the latest in sustainable residential construction products, practices and certification options? Check out the highlights among the green building offerings at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Jan. 21-23, 2020.

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NAHB Members Win Numerous DOE Housing Innovation Awards

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on November 20, 2019 0 Comments
NAHB Members Win Numerous DOE Housing Innovation Awards

More than a dozen NAHB members were recently recognized by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards at the EEBA High Performance Home Summit in October. Each year, the DOE recognizes builders in various categories for leading the industry in building zero energy ready homes, or homes that are verified to meet federal standards on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and durability.

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ENERGY STAR Releases New Caribbean Program Requirements

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on November 11, 2019 0 Comments
ENERGY STAR Releases New Caribbean Program Requirements

The ENERGY STAR program recently released Version 3 of its Caribbean Program Requirements, which will be required for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes permitted on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

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Applications Open for Home Innovation’s Resiliency Advisory Group

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on November 8, 2019 2 Comments
Applications Open for Home Innovation’s Resiliency Advisory Group

Under a contract from the Department of Housing and urban Development (HUD), Home Innovation Research Labs staff experts and a new advisory group will produce a set of practical, actionable guidelines for builders and developers to design and construct residential buildings, neighborhoods and accessory structures to improve residential resilience and integrate that resiliency with the entire community. Apply to be a part of the advisory group today.

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4 Design Features to Bring Nature into the Home

Filed in Design, Sustainability and Green Building by on November 5, 2019 2 Comments
4 Design Features to Bring Nature into the Home

People are attracted to nature, and growing evidence suggests that interacting with nature makes people happier and healthier. But with an average of 90% of our time spent indoors, it is easy to feel disconnected. Bringing nature inside the home with specifically targeted design elements can resonate with and draw in potential home buyers and remodeling clients.

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

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on October 28, 2019 7 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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