Sustainability and Green Building

2021 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Highlights Creative, High-Performance Building Solutions

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2021 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Highlights Creative, High-Performance Building Solutions

The 2021 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge — a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) collegiate competition that tasks students with designing low-carbon, high-performance buildings powered by renewable energy — marked the competition’s 19th year, with the first ever Virtual Village on the National Mall featuring nine builds with 3D renderings, diagrams and videos for each university’s project.

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Women Want Sustainable & Healthy Homes — How 4 Female Members Deliver

Women Want Sustainable & Healthy Homes — How 4 Female Members Deliver

In honor of Earth Day, four women from NAHB’s Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) and Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee (SGB) share how they have shaped their careers and/or businesses by including healthy and sustainability practices and strategies and found success.

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Innovative Affordable Community Incorporates Energy-Efficient Features and Playful Design

Innovative Affordable Community Incorporates Energy-Efficient Features and Playful Design

This newly constructed eight-story, mixed-use building offers 30 units of affordable rental housing and an early childhood educational facility.

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12 Tips for Organizing a Virtual Green Home Tour

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12 Tips for Organizing a Virtual Green Home Tour

Although there’s no singular secret ingredient, several HBAs transitioned their in-person green home tours to successful virtual events while providing extra value to their membership. Learn how they did it.

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Register Now for the Virtual Green Home Tour Series

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Register Now for the Virtual Green Home Tour Series

Home Performance Counts, the joint educational initiative between NAHB and the National Association of REALTORS, kicks off a Virtual Green Home Tour Series on April 22 at 3 p.m. ET to provide home-building professionals interested in green building and high-performance homes with an inside look into these homes across the country.

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4 Steps to Getting an Accurate Appraisal Value for Your High-Performance Home

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4 Steps to Getting an Accurate Appraisal Value for Your High-Performance Home

Are appraisals for your newly constructed high-performance homes consistently coming in lower than your contract prices, despite being above code? How can you get appraisals to accurately reflect the additional value on a high-performance home?

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How HBAs Can Utilize NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building Expertise

How HBAs Can Utilize NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building Expertise

NAHB staff provides technical assistance for state and local home builders associations (HBAs) by monitoring, reviewing and commenting on regulatory and policy proposals related to energy efficiency and green building.

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Top IBSx Takeaways from Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Recipients

Top IBSx Takeaways from Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Recipients

After a successful 2020 pilot program, 2021 brought even more young professionals to the building industry’s premier conference via the Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship Program for IBS. Despite not being able to meet in person, this year’s green building IBSx scholarship recipients had the unique opportunity to meet NAHB members in an intimate setting through Zoom to discuss green building topics based on interest.

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How Much Does Whole-Home Electrification Cost?

How Much Does Whole-Home Electrification Cost?

Electrification is a strategy for decarbonizing the economy by drawing down the use of fossil fuels in transportation, buildings, and electricity generation. But how much does it cost to fully electrify a home?

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4 Green Strategies from The New American Home

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4 Green Strategies from The New American Home

The 2021 New American Home (TNAH) and the New American Remodel (TNAR) showcase the beauty, comfort and efficiency of high-performance building. Both represent the high end of what can be realized through high-performance design and construction but can also provide a practical playbook for all building professionals in building efficient, comfortable and durable homes.

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