How to Get Involved with the HBA Sustainability Network

Sustainability and Green Building
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NAHB initiated the HBA Sustainability Network in 2018 as a way for local home builder associations (HBAs) to educate others on sustainability efforts that are occurring throughout the country. Created as a forum to share initiatives that have worked well and to build on lessons learned, the group meets via conference calls every other month. The network serves as a resource to build capacity, create efficiencies for state and local HBAs, and foster connections for those looking to align efforts with what others are doing. The network calls feature subject-matter experts on topics that members are interested in exploring more deeply. In June, the director of sustainability at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) spoke about greening Multiple Listing Service (MLS) fields to realize the full value of high-performance homes. Participants shared in a robust discussion about the importance of educating real estate professionals on green features so that they are better able to enter those fields into the MLS and left with a better understanding on how to advocate for local MLS to incorporate standardized green fields. The HBA Sustainability Network can be a great resource for anyone interested in starting a green building council or committee, wanting to learn more about recent sustainable home trends and consumer preferences, or featuring a green home in their Parade of Homes. The next call on Aug. 28, from 2-3 p.m. ET, will cover the latest consumer trends related to energy efficiency and green building based on NAHB’s What Home Buyers Really Want survey. On the next call, hear directly from Rose Quint, NAHB assistant vice president of surveys and housing policy research, on what green features home buyers want, as well as how sustainability and green building fit in with more general housing trends. Please join us in August to hear from our featured presenter, share your expertise, or learn about setting up your own green building focused programs. The group is open to HBA staff with all levels of experience and involvement. Contact Anna Stern, NAHB Sustainability & Green Building program manager, if you are interested in getting involved with the HBA Sustainability Network. To stay current on the high-performance residential building sector, follow NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building team on Twitter.

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