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Being Green and Saving Green: Eco-Friendly Building Material Options

low-e windowWhen you’re building your Atlanta new home, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to consider and decide on during the process. One of the newest things that homeowners are adding to that list is how to build a more eco-friendly, green home. You know that you want your home to be economic, you want your building materials to last and you want your home to be energy efficient throughout its lifetime. While trying to incorporate as many as many of these energy and earth-friendly materials as possible, here are a few things you may want to consider:

  • Radiant floor heat – One thing to consider is how you are going to provide heat to your home, especially during the coldest winter months. Radiant heat rises out from the floor, and can be fueled by electricity, heated air or hot water. In single family homes, hot water systems are used most often because they are the most cost effective. Tubing is laid under the floor, and hot water funs through from the boiler.
  • Recycled wood or plastic composite lumber – Re-using materials that might end up in a landfill otherwise is a perfect way to make your home a little more green. These materials are becoming common in playground equipment, and the National Association of Home Builders reports that using plastic waster with wood fibers creates lumber that is less toxic and more durable than regular treated lumber. Materials with plastic help to reduce mold and rot, making it the perfect choice for decks and patios.
  • Low-e windows – Giving your house the ability to hold its temperature through low emissivity (low-e) windows is an easy way to make your home more energy-efficient. These windows require more of an upfront investment, but they quickly put that money back in your pocket through reduced energy bills.
  • Insulated concrete forms – Another alternative to wood is insulated concrete forms, which can reduce energy consumption by as much as 20 percent in colder climates.
  • Recycled steel – Using steel beams in construction can add stability and take away the risk of mold or rot you could get from wood. Steel beams are commonly made from scrap metal from cars, instead of a natural resource like wood. By using scrap metal, 75 percent less energy is used over making new steel.
  • Plant-based polyurethane rigid foam – Insulation plays a large part in whether or not your home is energy efficient. One of the best insulation options is made by a company that previously manufactured surfboards. After a slap on the wrist by the Environmental Protection Agency, the company stopped using hazardous materials in their boards and began using plant-based polyurethane rigid foam, which they realized was excellent insulation.

It is often the case that green products are initially more expensive, but by investing in the products now, you save in future energy costs over the lifetime of your home. You can also take even more pride in your energy-efficient Atlanta new home and know that you are benefiting the overall good of the environment.

National Green Building Awards Winners Announced at 2013 IBS

NAHB National Green AwardsRecently, several builders, remodelers and other industry professionals were recognized as winners of the National Green Building Awards given by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The awards were presented as part of the 2013 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

Each year, the NAHB recognizes individuals, companies and organizations for excellence in residential green design and construction practices as well as green building program and advocacy efforts.
“This year’s winners are particularly impressive,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “All of those honored have shown superior dedication and leadership to the mission of sustainable and eco-friendly living.”

Individual Project Awards

  • The New Edition at Damonte Ranch, Reno, Nev., for Project of the Year: Single-family, Small Volume
  • Maryland Green Designer Show Home, Gambrills, Md., for Project of the Year: Single-family, Custom
  • Persimmon – Willis Ranch, San Antonio, Texas, for Project of the Year: Single-family, Production
  • Seabourn Cove, Boynton Beach, Fla., for Project of the Year: Multifamily
  • Finding Paradise on Picardy, Raleigh, N.C., for Project of the Year: Remodel

Green Building Advocacy Awards

  • Drew Smith, Two Trails, Sarasota, Fla., for Advocate of the Year: Individual
  • Dan Wise, Wise Construction, Boalsburg, Pa., for Advocate of the Year: Builder
  • Paul Sullivan, The Sullivan Company, Inc. Newton, Mass., for Advocate of the Year: Remodeler
  • Maryland Residential Green Building Council, for Advocate of the Year: Group
  • Build San Antonio Green, for Advocate of the Year: State/Local Government

Laclede Gas Company of St. Louis, Mo., was also named the Utility Partner of the Year for its dedication to high-performance building, the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard and education at the local and national level.

Additional information about the National Green Building Awards can be found at www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards.

National Green Building Award Winners Announced

iStockThe National Association of Home Builders recently announced the National Green Building Award winners. The awards, which were presented on April 30 during the 14th annual National Green Building Conference in Nashville, were given to eleven industry professionals and companies.

The three-day conference include educational programs, green product exhibits, local green home tours and the Muddy Boots Mixer, which is a networking and awards event.

“These awards recognize the best and most innovative builders and remodelers in green building”, said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, Fla. “The demand for green building is growing in leaps and bounds, and these winners set a great example of what can be accomplished in terms of sustainable and energy efficient building practices.”

Five single-family home projects were honored:

  • Purdue University of West Lafayette, Ind., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Concept and Research- Academic
  • Meritage Homes of Goodyear, Ariz., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Production Builder
  • TC Legend Homes/Zero-Energy Plans LLC of Coupeville, Wash., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Concept and Research- Enterprise
  • Chandler Design-Build Inc. of Mebane, N.C., for Project of the Year, Single-Family Small Volume Builder
  • MGM Construction of San Francisco, for Project of the Year, Single-Family Custom Builder

Two remodeling projects and one multifamily project were also honored:

  • Trifecta Construction Solutions of Fort Meyers, Fla., for Multifamily Project of the Year
  • G HOME of Rocking Horse Redevelopment of Phoenix, Ariz., for Remodeling Project of the Year Under $100,000
  • G HOME by Rocking Horse Redevelopment of Phoenix, Ariz., for Remodeling Project of the Year Over $100,000

Two awards were given to individuals or organizations for their efforts in green building advocacy:

  • G STREET of Scottsdale, Ariz., as Remodeler Advocate of the Year
  • The Mungo Companies of Irmo, S.C. for Builder Advocate of the Year

A new award, NAHB Green Outstanding Contribution Award, was also presented to T.W. Bailey, of WaterMark Custom Builders in Frisco, Texas.

For more information on this year’s awards, visit the National Green Building Awards website.

National Green Building Conference Sheds Light On Green Building

green building National Green Building ExpoEveryone seems to be jumping on the green building train with eco-friendly products and services. For those who feel a bit overwhelmed, why not attend the NAHB National Green Building Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City? You’ll learn about the value of green building and more importantly, how to communicate that value to your audience.

Several important topics and courses that will be offered include:

  • Advanced Green Building: Building Science (two-day session)
  • Advanced Green Building: Project Management (two-day session)
  • Business Management for Building Professionals
  • Green Building for Building Professionals (two-day session)
  • Power Hour Breakout Sessions with product demos

People who attend the Advanced Green Building sessions will be happy to know that they count towards receiving the new Master Certified Green Professional designation. In addition to these sessions, there are networking opportunities, breakout sessions and over 100 exhibits for people to meet other green building professionals and learn about the latest trends. Attendees will also be taken on a Home Tour where they will see real-world examples of green principles. And for those who want to see who’s been making a splash in the industry, the NAHB Green Building Awards Dinner will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

Whether you’re a builder, remodeler, developer, product manufacturer or home inspector, the National Green Building Conference & Expo can benefit you. The conference takes place at the Salt Palace Convention Center  from May 1 through 3 with pre-conference courses on April 27 through 30.

For more information and to register, visit the NAHB website.

Green Home Growth is Expected as Prices Fall

Green-built homes will see an increase in market share that is directly proportional to their pricing, according to representatives from four suppliers and product managers who recently spoke at this year’s National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. The representatives cited a desire for cost-effectiveness among homebuyers as the reason for the expected growth.

“The key is value for every stakeholder in the process,” from the manufacturer to the builder and the home buyer, said Richard Davenport, director of sustainable construction for BASF.

The good news, said Kohler’s Rob Zimmerman, is that product manufacturers have been able to focus on the creation of new technology during the current building downturn “that will make green building more affordable.”

“Our commitment is to use our resources wisely,” said Christine Marvin of Marvin Windows and Doors.

The speakers at the event were sponsoring the NAHB’s fourth annual Green Day, an event that commemorates growth in green, energy-efficient and sustainable homebuilding and remodeling practices.

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 160,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, design, housing finance, other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country.

For more information, visit the NAHB website.

Smaller Homes Remain in Style Even After Recession

Home builders and buyers across America are taking a new look at home styles, based on recent data released from the Census Bureau, that found single-family homes have continued to get smaller in size, and this is likely to continue long after the recession’s end.

Apparently the median size of single-family homes dropped from 2,268 square feet in 2006, to an even 2,100 square feet in 2009, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) special study.

The popularity of smaller home sizes comes from lots of areas including: wanting to be more energy-efficient (the ‘green movement’), tighter credit standards, a growing amount of first-time home buyers, amount of equity in currently existing homes that can be flipped into new ones, and less interest in home buying as an investment. For more information on green building, visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

“A new housing market is emerging, and even with the recession in the rear view mirror we expect the popularity of smaller homes to persist,” said Bob Jones, chairman of NAHB and a home builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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Enter the National Green Building Awards Today!

National Association of HomebuildersEach year the National Association of Home Builders holds the National Green Building Awards to honor builders and developers who excel in green residential design, construction practices and outstanding green advocacy efforts through the National Green Building Awards.

If this sounds like you then make sure to get together all the necessary paperwork and forms and send them in. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted no later then February 3, 2010 on one CD. No print materials will be accepted or reviews.

Award categories include:

  • Advocate of the Year (Builder, Remodeler, Individual, Group)
  • Advocate of the Year (State or Local Government)
  • Green Project(s) of the Year (Single Family, Remodel, Multifamily)
  • Green Site Development of the Year
  • HBA Green Building Program of the Year (New and Existing)

All projects entered in the Green Project of the Year category must have been started after June 2008 and substantially completed by December 2009, in order to be eligible.

How will the projects be scored?

All project entries can be scored to the green certification program of the applicant’s choice. But in order to better facilitate the judging process, all single-family homes must be scored with the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines or the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard.

Multifamily and site development projects must be scored using the ICC 200-2008 National Green Building Standard.

This  Online Green Scoring Tool, provided by the National Association of Home Builders will generate checklists that can easily be saved to the submission disk.

All winners will receive one complimentary ticket to the awards dinner on May 17, 2010 as part of the 12th Annual National Green Building Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

So don’t delay! Make sure you fill out your forms and get your applications in as soon as possible.