Green Development

The growing trend towards green and sustainable development offers many opportunities for builders and land developers. On the one hand, general society and the market are now calling for a greater and greater number of green products, structures, and communities. On the other hand, many local jurisdictions still prohibit or limit the ability to do green and sustainable development with outdated zoning and subdivision codes. The following links can help negotiate the myriad of issues and challenges that are associated with this burgeoning field.

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A collaborative effort between the International Code Council (ICC) and NAHB, NGBS outlines the green practices that can be incorporated into new homes, including multifamily buildings, as well as home remodeling and additions, hotels and dormitories and residential land developments.
2013
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      The United States has made strides in residential energy efficiency, according to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) data. Average household energy consumption dropped by 31% between 1978 and 2005,[i] while home electronics usage and home sizes were …
3/17/2015
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Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line by Matt Belcher leads you through the residential construction process and details how you can apply green building techniques that will benefit your business, your relationships with your customers, your reputation and your bottom …
10/2/2014
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There are various types of incentives communities can and should offer to encourage green development. These fall into the broad categories of reduced impact fees, reduced or waived development standards, density bonuses, and expedited permitting.
8/1/2014
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This section examines different green building standards and methods across the single-family, multifamily, remodeling and development sectors of the residential industry. Green Development that Pays Off - In a recent webinar produced by NAHB, Tom Kopf, principal with DTJ Design, Inc., laid …
3/10/2014
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