Tag: high-performance building

NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

Filed in Environmental by on October 5, 2018 0 Comments
NAHB Celebrates Energy Efficiency Day

Today marks the third annual Energy Efficiency Day, a celebration in which a burgeoning network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities and others will showcase the benefits of energy efficiency. For NAHB green builders, it is a great way to celebrate the growing popularity of energy-efficient home construction.

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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

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on May 30, 2018 18 Comments
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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Survey: More NAHB Member Homes Eligible for NGBS Certification as Builders Go Green

Survey: More NAHB Member Homes Eligible for NGBS Certification as Builders Go Green

A newly released NAHB survey shows that as builders ramp up their green building practices, more of their homes could be certified to the ANSI-approved National Green Building Standard.

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NGBS Development in Full Swing

NGBS Development in Full Swing

The International Code Council and NAHB, partners on the first edition of the standard in 2008, are working to update the nationally recognized rating system that will now have an expanded scope.

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DOE’s Solution Center: A Builder’s Best Friend

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on November 7, 2017 0 Comments
DOE’s Solution Center: A Builder’s Best Friend

Like adding a building scientist to your staff, the Building America Solution Center gives you easy-to-access best practices for new and existing home construction. The Solution Center is a free website tool sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Building America program that contains information on hundreds of topics ranging from air sealing and insulation to HVAC, windows, indoor air quality and much more.

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Feedback Wanted on DOE Moisture Management Tool

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on September 11, 2017 2 Comments
Feedback Wanted on DOE Moisture Management Tool

The Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are seeking feedback on Builder Science Advisor, an online tool they are developing to help building designers manage moisture risk.

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NAHB Member Homes Win DOE Housing Award

Filed in Councils & Committees, Environmental by on August 21, 2017 1 Comment
NAHB Member Homes Win DOE Housing Award

Twenty-six homes from 24 builders, many of them NAHB members, have been awarded for meeting the rigorous techmical requirements of the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

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Solar Mandate in South Miami Raises Concerns

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 25, 2017 5 Comments
Solar Mandate in South Miami Raises Concerns

South Miami’s mandate for new homes and major home renovations to include solar panels is casting a long shadow for builders in the Sunshine State. “We definitely value renewable energy, but we want these measures to be voluntary,” said Truly Burton, executive vice president of the Builders Association of South Florida.

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Solar: Not for Everyone

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design, Environmental by on March 23, 2017 1 Comment
Solar: Not for Everyone

The solar panel industry and efficiency advocates have not backed off their efforts to require all new homes to be “solar-ready.” NAHB supports solar, but no mandates that give buyers no say in the matter even when solar doesn’t work for them.

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