Sustainability and Green Building

Top 3 Home Qualities Customers Want for Better Living at Home

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on January 4, 2021 2 Comments
Top 3 Home Qualities Customers Want for Better Living at Home

Customers will likely focus on comfort, wellness and efficiency — high-performance trends already on the rise prior to the pandemic, according to the 2020 Green SmartMarket Brief and the 2019 What Home Buyers Really Want survey.

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Solar Panel Recycling: What’s the Plan?

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on December 29, 2020 3 Comments
Solar Panel Recycling: What’s the Plan?

Decreasing costs for solar photovoltaics (PV), along with efforts to minimize non-hardware costs, help explain the increased solar capacity coming online to the electric grid. But as solar continues to grow, in addition to the existing solar PV capacity in the United States, those panels will eventually reach the end of their useful life. What will happen then?

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Show Village at IBSx to Highlight Three Innovative Homes

Filed in IBS, Sustainability and Green Building by on December 23, 2020 1 Comment
Show Village at IBSx to Highlight Three Innovative Homes

Looking for innovative ideas for your next project? Join the IBSx Virtual Experience for an opportunity to tour Professional Builder’s Show Village 2021.

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High-Performance Builder Shares Benefits of Continuing Education

Filed in Education, IBS, Sustainability and Green Building by on December 21, 2020 0 Comments
High-Performance Builder Shares Benefits of Continuing Education

Knowledge is a key pillar of NAHB membership to provide the tools needed to stay competitive in the home building industry. Opportunities include industry events, such as the IBSx Virtual Experience, as well as dedicated online courses and designations, which is how Todd Usher — founder and president of Addison Homes in Greenville, S.C. — was introduced to NAHB’s continuing education options.

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Understanding MERV Ratings and Their Impact on Air Filtration

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on December 14, 2020 3 Comments
Understanding MERV Ratings and Their Impact on Air Filtration

How can you effectively talk about air filtration and ventilation, particularly when these issues are top of mind for customers during the pandemic? To start, it is important to understand how the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating system for air filters works.

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Marnella Homes Earns First 2020 NGBS Green Certification

Filed in Multifamily, Sustainability and Green Building by on December 8, 2020 3 Comments
Marnella Homes Earns First 2020 NGBS Green Certification

Washington-based Marnella Homes’ Greenwich Condos, located in Portland, Ore., was the first building to be NGBS Green Certified under the 2020 National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

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Solar Panels on a New Home: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Solar Panels on a New Home: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Homes with solar photovoltaic panels (PV) can appeal to some new home buyers because of reduced electric bills and a lessened environmental impact. The decision to proceed with such a major investment, however, raises a question about the return on investment. Home Innovation Research Labs recently completed a study analyzing the cost effectiveness of rooftop solar PV across five different markets.

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WaterSense for Homes Celebrates its First Version 2.0 Certification

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on November 18, 2020 0 Comments
WaterSense for Homes Celebrates its First Version 2.0 Certification

NAHB member KB Home was recently awarded the first certification under this pilot program for a new home in its Inspirada master plan subdivision in Henderson, Nev.

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How to Navigate High-Performance Home Certification Programs

Filed in IBS, Sustainability and Green Building by on November 12, 2020 1 Comment
How to Navigate High-Performance Home Certification Programs

The “Making Dollar$ (and Cent$) Out of High Performance Home Certifications” education sessions at IBSx, a new virtual experience of the NAHB International Builders’ Show, will explore various high-performance green certification programs in depth and spotlight best practices for using high-performance home building strategies.

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IBSx Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Application Now Open

Filed in IBS, Sustainability and Green Building by on November 6, 2020 0 Comments
IBSx Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Application Now Open

Students or recent graduates (within the past two years) in a two- or four-year university/college, vocational apprenticeship, or other training program who are interested in green building can apply for a scholarship to attend the 2021 IBSx Virtual Experience for free.

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