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How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

Homes built to the International Residential Code® (IRC®) perform well in high-wind events. However, by focusing on additional strategies to strengthen the roof and provide a continuous load path through the structure to the foundation, builders can provide consumers in areas at high risk of tornadoes and intense hurricanes with homes that will perform even better than a code-compliant home, potentially allowing consumers to remain in their home after a severe storm event and reducing repair costs.

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3 New Opportunities for Multifamily Developers to Use the 2020 NGBS

3 New Opportunities for Multifamily Developers to Use the 2020 NGBS

Using green, high-performance practices can position multifamily developers and builders to meet growing consumer demand. Seeing green is 20/20, and the new ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) provides a flexible roadmap to guide the design and construction of your next high-performance project, while the certification process provides the third-party verification to validate your work.

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Top 5 Green Products and Systems Customers Are Asking About

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on June 16, 2020 2 Comments
Top 5 Green Products and Systems Customers Are Asking About

According to the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief, consumers are most interested in products and systems that directly impact utility bills and indoor environmental quality. NAHB anticipates that customers, who have spent months in their homes, have developed a heightened awareness of what efficient, comfortable and healthy means to them, and builders and remodelers need to be ready to meet these needs.

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2 Key Strategies to Reduce Home Wildfire Risk

2 Key Strategies to Reduce Home Wildfire Risk

Summer is approaching, which is peak wildfire season for some. There are two main types of strategies builders, remodelers and home owners can employ to minimize potential impact from wildfires.

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How Smart Homes Could Benefit from Energy Management Systems

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on June 1, 2020 1 Comment
How Smart Homes Could Benefit from Energy Management Systems

The new ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Program establishes standards for managing smart-home technology energy use and software.

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New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

Remodelers who use green-building techniques will be better positioned to meet the growing demand for improving a home’s energy efficiency. The new ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) provides a roadmap to guide the design and construction of high-performance projects

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What You Say Matters — Selling High Performance to Your Customers

What You Say Matters — Selling High Performance to Your Customers

Living harder in their homes has people considering what they really want in their next house. Efficient, comfortable and healthy homes are likely to be high on the list of “must-haves” for those looking to buy or to remodel. When talking to potential home buyers, consider highlighting features that meet some of these new ”must-haves.”

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EPA Wants to Know What Customers Think About WaterSense-Labeled Products

EPA Wants to Know What Customers Think About WaterSense-Labeled Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its decision via a Federal Register notice to maintain the current specifications for several WaterSense-labeled products. In addition to announcing the completion of the product review, the notice also contained requests for input and information related to consumer satisfaction.

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Study: Builders Increasingly Focusing on High-Performance Building Practices

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on January 21, 2020 3 Comments
Study: Builders Increasingly Focusing on High-Performance Building Practices

Home builders across the country are prioritizing high-performance building practices in their projects, regardless of whether they consider the home they are building to be “green,” according to new research published in the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief.

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NAHB Recognizes Leaders in Green and Sustainable Building

NAHB Recognizes Leaders in Green and Sustainable Building

For the fourth year, the winners for green and sustainable building awards emerge from those considered for many of NAHB’s other honors, including the Best in American Living, The Nationals, Best of 55+ Housing, Pillars of the Industry and Jerry Rouleau Awards for Excellence. Winners of any green or sustainable award in these programs were automatically entered for consideration for a Best in Green Award.

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