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Deadline Approaching for Submissions to the 2014 NAHBGreen Awards

The deadline to submit your green building project into the 2014 NAHBGreen Awards is rapidly approaching. All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to be eligible to win a Project or Advocate of the Year award, which will be presented in February during the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

Presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHBGreen Awards recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for excellence in residential green design and construction practices, as well as for green building program and advocacy efforts.

“In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in green building, and the industry has responded by designing and constructing high-performance homes that reflect not only green and energy efficient principles, but also innovative design,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “Each year, NAHB recognizes the very best work in this sector in its NAHBGreen Awards.”

This year, organizers of the awards have attempted to make it easier to submit entries by streamlining the submission process and making it quicker. Applications for Project of the Year have been revised this year and can be submitted online.

The awards categories include Project of the Year – Single-family, Project of the Year – Multifamily, Project of the Year – Remodel, Project of the Year – Green Site Development and Advocate of the Year.

The awards are open to both NAHB and non-NAHB members. To be eligible for the Green Project of the Year categories, projects must have been started no earlier than January 2010 and substantially completed by December 2013. All homes and developments must be scored to either the 2008 or 2012 ICC-700 National Green Building Standard® to ensure fair comparison for judging purposes. This can be done by downloading the score sheets online.

Application fees are $250 for Project of the Year categories and $150 for Advocate of the Year.

For more information or to apply for the 2014 NAHBGreeen Awards, please visit www.NAHB.org/GreenBuildingAwards. Please contact Chad Riedy at criedy@nahb.org with any additional questions.

Green Homes Market Expected to Increase Five-Fold by 2016

McGraw-Hill Construction, a part of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), today released findings from a new Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show in Orlando. Green homes comprised 17% of the overall residential construction market in 2011 and are expected to grow to between 29% and 38% of the market by 2016. By value, this equates to a five-fold increase, growing from $17 billion in 2011 to $87-$114 billion in 2016, based on the five-year forecast for overall residential construction.

According to the study, construction industry professionals report an even steeper increase in green home remodeling; 34% of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016, a 150% increase over 2011 activity levels. Many home builders have shifted to the remodeling market due to the drastic drop in new home construction. In fact, 62% of the builders who do both new and remodeling work verified that the economy has increased their renovation work.

“The housing market is critical to the U.S. economy,” said Harvey M. Bernstein, VP of Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction, “and the results of our study show that despite the drastic downturn in housing starts since 2008, green has grown significantly as a share of activity– indicating that the green market is becoming an important part of our overall economic landscape.”

The green home building study, produced by McGraw-Hill Construction in conjunction with the NAHB and Waste Management, is designed to provide key insights into market opportunities, backed by proprietary research surveys and the power of the Dodge database. The study reveals business benefits afforded by green building, such as a competitive marketing advantage: 46% of builders and remodelers find that “building green” makes it easier to market themselves in a down economy, and an overwhelming 71% of firms that are dedicated to green home building report the same.

“This study demonstrates phenomenal growth in green building and indicates that we can expect even larger increases in the coming years,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “In a sample of NAHB builder and remodeler members, nearly 90% reported building green at some level. This is a powerful testament to the importance of green home building–and transforms the way we think of homes overall.”

By 2016, many more builders anticipate that they will be dedicated to green building work on over 90% of projects– 33% expect to be dedicated to green work in 2016, up from 17% in 2011. Remodeling will grow even more dramatically– 22% of remodelers report that they anticipate they will be dedicated to green work in 2016, nearly triple the 8% who report being dedicated to green work in 2011. These builders are clued into the revenue opportunity afforded by green building and know that home buyers will pay more for green homes, according to 61% of builders and 66% of remodelers.

“Home buyers and builders increasingly want to do what’s right for the environment,” said Jim Halter, VP for Construction Solutions, Waste Management. “This trend has been taking off within our business as customers look to recycle and divert more materials from landfills. We’re excited to see the results of the study; they validate the services we offer.”

Many factors are driving the green homes market, with “higher quality” and “increases in energy costs” topping the list, indicating that today’s green homebuyer is not just a green consumer. Buyers recognize that green homes have lower bills due to higher building performance. The reported costs of building a green home have also gone down significantly. Builders report that the cost to go green is now 7%, as compared to 10% in 2008 and 11% in 2006.

While green is growing across the U.S., three regions are seeing higher than average growth. The West Coast has seen the highest green growth; the Midwest’s northern region, west of the Mississippi, is second highest; and New England is ranks third.

McGraw-Hill Construction will continue analyzing the results of the Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study and release a printed report in April during the NAHB’s National Green Building Conference and Expo in Nashville. Further findings, including remodeling details, green technologies, and green product adoption in green homes, will be included in that report. For more details in the meantime, visit http://bit.ly/wsF2gJ.

A New First In Green Building

The Jones Company has something to brag about.  This builder already has a portfolio of single-family homes that have received certification under the National Green Building Standard.  Their hard work and  green karma paid off Monday when they were awarded a bronze medal certification for the Park Run Community at McKay’s Mill in Franklin, Tennesee.

Big deal, just another community, right?  Nope.  The Park Run community is comprised of two condominium buildings, with a total of 23 planned, making this the first multi-family housing complex to receive this certification.

Congratulations to The Jones Company!

The challenge has arisen for other condo and apartment communities to be built green, so hopefully we should see more of them.  With more consumers looking for an environmentally responsible home, The Jones Company should simply be the first with many more builders to follow suit.

Certification under the National Green Building Standard is awarded by the NAHB Research Center, a subsidiary of NAHB.  To become certified, a home is measured on energy efficiency, environmental construction, site and lot design and indoor air quality.  The builder also has to educate homeowners on proper maintenance and operation to keep their home running green.

The Park Run community utilized the expected Energy Star appliances and lights, energy-efficient windows, low-flow faucets and low-VOC flooring in their homes.  What really sets it apart though, was the handling of the site.  All unused building materials were recycled, and the landscaping uses plants native to the area to avoid excess watering.

Are you currently building green?  Check out the NAHB green scoring tool from the NAHB Research Center to determine if you’d be eligible for certification.

Clearer Directions for Green Building Certification

Sure you can look at a map to figure out the way to your destination.  You can see cross streets and town names; but often it’s easier to have somebody who has been there give directions.  They’re familiar with landmarks, traffic lights and other little nuances that can deter you from your destination.

Building green can be the same way.  The National Green Building Standard provides an enormous list of rules and regulations to get your home certified.  A lengthy list of options provides different point values to reach the bronze, silver or gold certification level which can leave a builder or renovator with a lot of questions.

Not to worry though, the NAHB now has “The National Green Building Standard Commentary” available from BuilderBooks.com.  Intended as a companion publication to “The National Green Building Standard,” this book walks builders through their options so they can make the best decisions.

Green building is so important to our future that it’s important to get it right.  This new book should clear up any questions or misunderstandings about The National Green Building Standard.