Sustainability & Green Building

ENERGY STAR Releases New Caribbean Program Requirements

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building, Uncategorized by on November 11, 2019 0 Comments
ENERGY STAR Releases New Caribbean Program Requirements

The ENERGY STAR program recently released Version 3 of its Caribbean Program Requirements, which will be required for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes permitted on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

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Applications Open for Home Innovation’s Resiliency Advisory Group

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on November 8, 2019 0 Comments
Applications Open for Home Innovation’s Resiliency Advisory Group

Under a contract from the Department of Housing and urban Development (HUD), Home Innovation Research Labs staff experts and a new advisory group will produce a set of practical, actionable guidelines for builders and developers to design and construct residential buildings, neighborhoods and accessory structures to improve residential resilience and integrate that resiliency with the entire community. Apply to be a part of the advisory group today.

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4 Design Features to Bring Nature into the Home

Filed in Design, Sustainability & Green Building by on November 5, 2019 0 Comments
4 Design Features to Bring Nature into the Home

People are attracted to nature, and growing evidence suggests that interacting with nature makes people happier and healthier. But with an average of 90% of our time spent indoors, it is easy to feel disconnected. Bringing nature inside the home with specifically targeted design elements can resonate with and draw in potential home buyers and remodeling clients.

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New Study Examines Relationship Between Energy-Efficient Homes, Sales Price and Loan Performance

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on October 28, 2019 0 Comments
New Study Examines Relationship Between Energy-Efficient Homes, Sales Price and Loan Performance

Freddie Mac released a new study, “Energy Efficiency: Value Added to Properties & Loan Performance,” to provide insight on how lenders may be able to factor energy-efficiency rating systems into the mortgage underwriting process. The study tracked property sale prices and loan default rates to explore if energy-efficient features could increase home value and provide less financial stress to owners based on decreased utility costs.

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Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Available for 2020 International Builders’ Show

Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Available for 2020 International Builders’ Show

Attending the International Builders’ Show (IBS) can help people make the connections needed to jumpstart a new professional trajectory. One unique opportunity to attend the 2020 IBS is through a new scholarship from NAHB’s Sustainability & Green Building initiative. The scholarship aims to provide exposure to students and recent graduates in the construction industry to the world of high-performance homes.

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Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

Federal Code Mandates Costly and the Wrong Approach to Boost Energy Efficiency

NAHB today urged Congress to oppose any federal mandates that require the adoption of more stringent building codes because it would harm housing affordability, prevent healthy competition in the marketplace and may not achieve the intended results.

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Award-Winning Young Professional Shares Insights on Green Building

Filed in Awards, Sustainability & Green Building by on October 10, 2019 1 Comment
Award-Winning Young Professional Shares Insights on Green Building

A pioneer of net-zero energy home development, Anthony Maschmedt, principal and founder of Dwell Development in Seattle, is constantly spreading his wealth of knowledge about green building best practices at events around the country. He was also recognized with the 2018 Best in Green “One to Watch” Young Professional of the Year Award.

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HERS or HES? A Breakdown of Different Energy Rating Scales

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on October 2, 2019 1 Comment
HERS or HES? A Breakdown of Different Energy Rating Scales

The amount of money a home owner spends on utility costs to operate their house can have a significant impact on their monthly budgets and what they can comfortably afford, so it’s important to be able to speak to how energy efficient your buildings are to potential clients. With several energy rating systems out there, here’s how to decipher what each number means.

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Deconstruction: Un-building for the Future

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on September 25, 2019 0 Comments
Deconstruction: Un-building for the Future

Demolition is the most common way of removing an old structure but results in the materials going to the landfill. Deconstruction is the systematic disassembly of a building. This technique can be used for some or all of a building teardown to salvage usable materials and reduce waste.

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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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