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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

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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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How to Communicate the Benefits of Green Homes

How to Communicate the Benefits of Green Homes

Although Earth Day only comes once a year, home buyers think green year-round. Knowing how to frame the conversation can help ensure home buyers understand the value of investing in green building practices, as shown by a recent NAHB study.

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6 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs

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6 Reasons to Invest in Green Roofs

A green roof — also known as a living roof, eco-roof, vegetated roof and rooftop garden — has economic and environmental benefits that can offset its initial cost and required maintenance. This “living roof” is an extension placed above a typical roof surface. A green roof can also be at ground level over an underground built structure.

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Greening the MLS Fields to Realize the Full Value of High-Performance Homes

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Greening the MLS Fields to Realize the Full Value of High-Performance Homes

Studies nationwide show energy-efficient homes sell for more and sell faster. But if the buyers don’t know they are looking at a high-performance home, they aren’t going to pay more for it. HBA staff are encouraged to join the next HBA Sustainability Network call to learn more about how the National Association of Realtors has been working to ensure green feature information is available in MLS listings and educate professionals on how to use this information in valuing a home.

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Public Comments Reviewed for ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard

Public Comments Reviewed for ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard

The 45-member Consensus Committee for the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) met Feb. 11-13 in Washington, D.C., to review and vote upon the public comments it received to its 2020 draft standard.

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