Tag: sustainability

Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Built Environment

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on July 2, 2020 4 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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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 & Green Building by on June 16, 2020 1 Comment
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 & 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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EPA Wants to Know What Customers Think About WaterSense-Labeled Products

EPA Wants to Know What Customers Think About WaterSense-Labeled Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its decision via a Federal Register notice to maintain the current specifications for several WaterSense-labeled products. In addition to announcing the completion of the product review, the notice also contained requests for input and information related to consumer satisfaction.

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2020 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Highlights Pioneering Housing Solutions

2020 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Highlights Pioneering Housing Solutions

Forty-five teams representing 31 colleges competed for the grand prize, and for the first time, there were two winners: one for residential and one for commercial. Miami University (Ohio) was the residential grand winner for a community in Cincinnati called Peace Village, and NAHB student chapter member Pennsylvania State University won an honorable mention in the suburban single-family division.

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EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards Spotlight NAHB Members, Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on May 5, 2020 0 Comments
EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards Spotlight NAHB Members, Importance of Indoor Air Quality

Applications are open now for the 2020 Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards. Learn more about last year’s winners and the importance of indoor air quality.

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Why Building Green Is Worth the Investment

Filed in Sustainability & Green Building by on April 29, 2020 4 Comments
Why Building Green Is Worth the Investment

Although some green homes may come with a cost premium, single-family builders and remodelers both perceive that owners of green homes experience value from their homes that typically outweighs any additional original cost, according to the latest data from the 2020 Green Single Family and Multifamily Homes SmartMarket Brief.

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