Green Around NAHB

Sustainability and green building-related issues touch just about every group in NAHB in some way. Every other week Green Around NAHB highlights a green topic that impacts NAHB members and the industry.

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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 …
3/24/2014
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Designing and constructing a housing development that is not only environmentally-friendly — but also meets the requirements of the ICC  700 National Green Building Standard — doesn’t have to be at the cost of profits and may even enhance the bottom line for a builder. In a …
12/27/2013
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The General Services Administration (GSA) has added Green Globes to its recommended list of commercial green certification systems for government buildings. In testimony during a session GSA held before it made its recommendation, NAHB highlighted the importance of choosing consensus standards, …
11/18/2013
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In the housing industry, it has become common practice to use a rate of return to evaluate the cost and benefits of energy efficiency. NAHB policy, for example, classifies a change in building codes as cost effective if it returns at least 10% in energy savings the first year. A more common …
7/31/2013
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As energy efficiency moves to the floor of the U.S. Senate, NAHB is calling on Congress to consider the impact on builders and home buyers across the country.   Led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D–N.H.) and Rob Portman (R–Ohio), sponsors of the Energy Savings and Industrial …
7/15/2013
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Over the past few years, spray polyurethane foam insulation (SPF) has come into much wider use as home builders recognize it as an effective insulation and air sealant material. To create the final SPF insulation or sealant product, a chemical reaction of the two component parts, commonly referred …
6/20/2013
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When people think of building systems (a.k.a. prefab) construction, two things typically leap to mind – speed and efficiency. But what many may not realize about log, modular, panelized and concrete homes that are manufactured in a factory environment is how energy efficient and …
6/19/2013
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