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New EPA Agreement with Canada Will Help Monitor Energy Efficiency and Emissions Across Borders

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on August 4, 2021 0 Comments
New EPA Agreement with Canada Will Help Monitor Energy Efficiency and Emissions Across Borders

The EPA and Canada’s equivalent, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), recently recommitted to a 10-year research partnership to enhance features within the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® tool.

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Buyers’ Outlook on Housing Availability and Affordability Declines

Filed in Economics, Housing Affordability, Trends by on July 30, 2021 3 Comments
Buyers’ Outlook on Housing Availability and Affordability Declines

The increased activity in the housing market in the wake of COVID-19, combined with rising housing prices, has hampered prospective buyers’ outlook on the housing market and their ability to buy a home.

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4 Ways to Incorporate Water Efficiency into a Home

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on July 28, 2021 0 Comments
4 Ways to Incorporate Water Efficiency into a Home

According to the latest edition of NAHB’s What Homes Buyers Really Want, water-conserving fixtures such as toilets, showerheads and faucets are among the 20 top green features desired by home owners. Incorporating these into homes along with other water-focused strategies can provide multiple benefits for builders and consumers alike.

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Award-Winning Development Targets Active Lifestyle with Key Amenities and Natural Appeal

Filed in 55+ Housing, Awards, Multifamily by on July 27, 2021 0 Comments
Award-Winning Development Targets Active Lifestyle with Key Amenities and Natural Appeal

Lawrence Group provided architectural design services for the multifamily project to appeal to vibrant, healthy 55+ residents who want to lead an active lifestyle centered on wellness and one-of-a-kind experiences.

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How Jurisdictions Can Reduce Permitting Costs Through Software Automation

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on July 22, 2021 0 Comments
How Jurisdictions Can Reduce Permitting Costs Through Software Automation

The Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently rolled out a new solar photovoltaics permitting tool. The Solar Automated Permit Processing tool helps streamline the permit application process and makes it easier for local governments to issue permits for solar PV.

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How Can Microgrids Help with Community Resiliency?

How Can Microgrids Help with Community Resiliency?

With communities experiencing an increasing number of wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather events, a microgrid could improve resiliency.

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Associate NAC Nominations Due July 18

Filed in Membership by on July 12, 2021 0 Comments
Associate NAC Nominations Due July 18

The Associate Members Committee is soliciting nominations for the position of National Associate Chairman (Associate NAC).

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NAHB Awards Programs Now Open

Filed in Awards by on July 12, 2021 1 Comment
NAHB Awards Programs Now Open

Numerous opportunities are available across the Federation to recognize innovation and dedication throughout the industry.

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Gas vs. Electricity: Which Energy Source Do Consumers Prefer?

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building, Trends by on July 9, 2021 7 Comments
Gas vs. Electricity: Which Energy Source Do Consumers Prefer?

Consumers have several factors to consider when building a high-performance home, including which type of energy source, or fuel type, they want to select.

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L.A.’s New ADU Program Offers Flexibility and Style

L.A.’s New ADU Program Offers Flexibility and Style

Recognizing the growing popularity of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Los Angeles and their potential to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Building Safety recently announced a new program that aims to simplify the permitting process and put attractively designed ADUs in back yards.

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