Sustainability and Green Building

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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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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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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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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Building with Universal Design Concepts Enables Aging in Place

Building with Universal Design Concepts Enables Aging in Place

Check out the first home to achieve the 2020 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) UNIVERSAL DESIGN badge — “The Gladstone” of Urban Downs in Richfield, Wash. — during the July 15 Home Performance Counts: Virtual Green Home Tour Series.

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How Can Air Source Heat Pumps Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Even in Cold Climates?

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on June 24, 2021 1 Comment
How Can Air Source Heat Pumps Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Even in Cold Climates?

New technology advances can improve performance of heat pumps in low and even sub-zero temperatures.

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How Multifamily Projects Can Utilize Community Solar

How Multifamily Projects Can Utilize Community Solar

Many localities are considering ways to limit direct and indirect emissions from the building sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One strategy for builders to consider is the integration or addition of solar photovoltaics (PV).

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6 Maintenance Tips to Optimize Home Performance and Avoid Callbacks

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on June 11, 2021 0 Comments
6 Maintenance Tips to Optimize Home Performance and Avoid Callbacks

Communicating best practices for maintaining high-performance homes helps ensure the homes you build operate as intended, and achieve continued energy, water, and other utility savings.

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IBS 2022 Show Home Displays Forward-Thinking Designs

IBS 2022 Show Home Displays Forward-Thinking Designs

The New American Home® 2022 is preparing to take center stage as a main attraction during the next NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS). Construction is well underway of the 2022 show home, which aims to raise the bar for high performance, modern amenities and contemporary flair.

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