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Networking Opportunities for Women in Construction

Networking Opportunities for Women in Construction

Networking is an important tool no matter what field you’re in, but can be even more important for women in the construction industry, where women make up only 9% of the workforce in the United States. To honor NAHB’s Professional Women in Building Week, we highlight some women-centered networking groups that have events around the country at local chapters.

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How Transportation Trends Can Affect the Housing Market

How Transportation Trends Can Affect the Housing Market

Many countries, states and municipalities are now considering EV charging mandates, as infrastructure is needed to facilitate market growth, which may impact what builders are required to include in new homes and developments.

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4 High-Performance Building Tips for Builders

Filed in Economics, Sustainability & Green Building by on September 5, 2019 0 Comments
4 High-Performance Building Tips for Builders

The Southeast Building Conference, hosted by the Florida Home Builders Association, is the largest building industry trade show in the southeast. Several education sessions focused on high-performance building, including these four important takeaways.

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Top 3 Areas for Increased NGBS Certification Activity

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Top 3 Areas for Increased NGBS Certification Activity

A recent report from the National Association of Realtors indicates buyer interest in homes with green features and the impact it is having on sales. With more than 183,000 homes already certified to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), and 122,000-plus units currently in the pipeline, NGBS certification can be an important marketing advantage for builders. Find out where these certified homes are located.

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How Green Building Can Boost Housing Affordability

How Green Building Can Boost Housing Affordability

Housing affordability — a top priority for NAHB in 2019 — is a critical issue nationwide. Although there is no single solution to the affordability challenge, incentives can provide some relief. Visit NAHB at the NACo Conference this week to learn how high-performance building strategies in both market-rate and low-income homes can qualify for these incentives to provide affordable solutions, and what other jurisdictions are doing.

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Leveraging Green Building to Incentivize Housing Affordability

Leveraging Green Building to Incentivize Housing Affordability

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is an important resource for creating affordable rental housing in the United States. Each state approves a Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), which establishes the criteria allocating agencies will use to award LIHTCs. Some states include green certification programs as part of their QAP. See which programs are recognized in your state.

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Why Builders Should Attend the National Energy Codes Conference

Why Builders Should Attend the National Energy Codes Conference

Although the National Energy Codes Conference may seem like it’s just for policymakers and code officials, it is far from that. The intimate environment of this year’s approximately 250-person conference brought together a range of stakeholders, which allowed for authentic discussions about how codes affect those in the building industry and how federal resources can be used to effectively solve local issues related to implementation and enforcement.

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How Zero-Energy Homes Can Help Achieve Consumers’ Energy Wants

How Zero-Energy Homes Can Help Achieve Consumers’ Energy Wants

More than 50% of consumers rated a zero-energy home (ZEH) as a desirable or must-have feature for their home purchases in NAHB’s recent What Home Buyers Really Want survey. Training opportunities are available for home-building professionals wanting to learn more about how to create these types of homes.

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Public Comment Period Open for Revised EPA WaterSense Homes Program

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on May 20, 2019 2 Comments
Public Comment Period Open for Revised EPA WaterSense Homes Program

EPA published the WaterSense Draft Specification for Homes, Version 2.0, with the stated goals to further promote residential water efficiency and enable market transformation in home construction. Submit comments and suggestions on the draft specification and other supporting documents by June 3.

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Students Develop Innovative Home Solutions at the 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

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Students Develop Innovative Home Solutions at the 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

The 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge emphasizes the importance of innovation in the building industry and gives college students real-world experience in designing single-family and multifamily housing, as well as other building types.

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