Tag: energy efficiency

3 New Opportunities for Multifamily Developers to Use the 2020 NGBS

3 New Opportunities for Multifamily Developers to Use the 2020 NGBS

Using green, high-performance practices can position multifamily developers and builders to meet growing consumer demand. Seeing green is 20/20, and the new ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) provides a flexible roadmap to guide the design and construction of your next high-performance project, while the certification process provides the third-party verification to validate your work.

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Top 5 Green Products and Systems Customers Are Asking About

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on June 16, 2020 2 Comments
Top 5 Green Products and Systems Customers Are Asking About

According to the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief, consumers are most interested in products and systems that directly impact utility bills and indoor environmental quality. NAHB anticipates that customers, who have spent months in their homes, have developed a heightened awareness of what efficient, comfortable and healthy means to them, and builders and remodelers need to be ready to meet these needs.

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How Smart Homes Could Benefit from Energy Management Systems

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on June 1, 2020 1 Comment
How Smart Homes Could Benefit from Energy Management Systems

The new ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Program establishes standards for managing smart-home technology energy use and software.

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New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

New NGBS Offers Remodelers a Roadmap for High-Performance Projects

Remodelers who use green-building techniques will be better positioned to meet the growing demand for improving a home’s energy efficiency. The new ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) provides a roadmap to guide the design and construction of high-performance projects

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What You Say Matters — Selling High Performance to Your Customers

What You Say Matters — Selling High Performance to Your Customers

Living harder in their homes has people considering what they really want in their next house. Efficient, comfortable and healthy homes are likely to be high on the list of “must-haves” for those looking to buy or to remodel. When talking to potential home buyers, consider highlighting features that meet some of these new ”must-haves.”

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NAHB Testifies House Energy Bill Would Harm Housing Affordability

NAHB Testifies House Energy Bill Would Harm Housing Affordability

NAHB today urged the House to oppose to H.R. 3962, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2019, warning that the legislation would exacerbate the nation’s housing affordability woes.

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

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on October 28, 2019 8 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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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced on Energy Tax Incentives

Filed in Advocacy by on October 16, 2019 0 Comments
Bipartisan Legislation Introduced on Energy Tax Incentives

Two NAHB-supported bipartisan bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to update and extend two expired energy tax incentives frequently used by home builders and remodelers. These provisions are part of a broader group of temporary tax incentives, known as tax extenders, that expired at the end of 2017. 

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NAHB Builder Urges Congress to Promote Green Initiatives

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Housing Affordability by on September 20, 2019 8 Comments
NAHB Builder Urges Congress to Promote Green Initiatives

NAHB told Congress today that it wants to work as a partner with officials at all levels of government to encourage energy efficiency, but also stressed that it is urgent that housing affordability is not jeopardized in the process.

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‘Smart Neighborhoods’ Take Efficiency to the Next Level

Filed in Environment by on May 29, 2018 0 Comments
‘Smart Neighborhoods’ Take Efficiency to the Next Level

Just outside of Birmingham, Ala., Signature Homes recently completed a 62-home development called Reynolds Landing — the first “smart neighborhood” in the state and the first community in the Southeast to be entirely supported by a solar microgrid.

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