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NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

With so many green rating systems available, understanding how each one compares to others is imperative for making a choice that works best for your project, climate zone and market. The recent release of the 2020 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) provides a great opportunity to conduct a side-by-side comparison, starting with energy performance — an easy element to measure.

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DOE Solicits Comments on Proposed Changes for Showerheads

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on August 24, 2020 4 Comments
DOE Solicits Comments on Proposed Changes for Showerheads

The Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register on Aug. 13 announcing a proposed rulemaking to change the definition of showerheads and the test procedure for multi-nozzle fixtures. These changes could result in increased water usage across the country.

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Total Hydrology Planning: Using Water to Drive Community Design

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on August 18, 2020 0 Comments
Total Hydrology Planning: Using Water to Drive Community Design

Total hydrology planning is a methodology to identify and utilize all water resources on a project site. Here’s why you should consider utilizing total hydrology planning for your next project.

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How to Help the Future Green Building Workforce

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on August 12, 2020 0 Comments
How to Help the Future Green Building Workforce

Your company could gain exposure by providing student teams in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Design Challenge with real-life experience working on buildings and homes with your clients.

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Spotlight Top Features Consumers Seek with NGBS Green+ Badges

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on August 4, 2020 0 Comments
Spotlight Top Features Consumers Seek with NGBS Green+ Badges

Builders and developers can now earn special recognition through Home Innovation Research Labs for NGBS Green Certified homes that “go above and beyond” in certain areas of green practice.

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How to Consider Costs and Benefits for High-Performance Residential Buildings

How to Consider Costs and Benefits for High-Performance Residential Buildings

The home building industry is working to quantify the value that healthier, high-performance residential buildings can bring to occupants. Justifying the financials and the advantages of investing in durable, comfortable and sustainable buildings is especially fitting in the wake of COVID-19, as people are becoming more aware of what they want in their homes.

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Compliance Path Choices: 2020 NGBS Offers Flexibility

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on July 20, 2020 0 Comments
Compliance Path Choices: 2020 NGBS Offers Flexibility

The ICC 700-2020 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS) allows builders to choose the best compliance path depending on their client, the project’s geographic location, market conditions and permitting requirements.

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NAHB, NAR Partner to Educate Consumers on Home Performance, Sustainability

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on July 14, 2020 0 Comments
NAHB, NAR Partner to Educate Consumers on Home Performance, Sustainability

NAHB and the National Association of Realtors® launched a new joint initiative, Home Performance Counts, designed to help consumers better understand the rapidly growing high-performance home marketplace.

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How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

How to Strengthen Homes Against High Winds

Homes built to the International Residential Code® (IRC®) perform well in high-wind events. However, by focusing on additional strategies to strengthen the roof and provide a continuous load path through the structure to the foundation, builders can provide consumers in areas at high risk of tornadoes and intense hurricanes with homes that will perform even better than a code-compliant home, potentially allowing consumers to remain in their home after a severe storm event and reducing repair costs.

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Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Built Environment

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on July 2, 2020 5 Comments
Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Built Environment

As municipalities and states start enacting climate goals, builders and remodelers will need to think about what strategies work best for them to achieve set targets.

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