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Student Chapters Competition, Communications Go Green

Preparing for students going back to school this fall, Home Builders Institute (HBI) spent this summer incorporating green practices in its communications with the 5,000 members of the NAHB Student Chapters program, which it administers.

HBI will now keep in touch with chapter members through Web resources and telecommunications, eliminating the use of paper. That has extended to the Residential Construction Management Competitions (RCMC).

Held annually during the International Builders’ Show (IBS), the RCMC is the highlight of the NAHB Student Chapters calendar. In addition to using a new green process for entering the competition and corresponding with staff, judges and committee members, this year’s RCMC contenders will be required to incorporate green into their building project, based on the National Green Building Standard and the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines.

Participation in the RCMC has continued to increase, fielding a record 65 teams at the most recent IBS in three divisions: four-year universities, two-year colleges and secondary schools

IBS Scholarships

The National Housing Endowment encourages students to attend the IBS by offering scholarships to defray travel and attendance costs. For IBS 2010, the endowment has earmarked $100,000 in scholarships and each NAHB Student Chapter may receive up to $2,500 in unmatched funds to assist with its expenses. Sponsoring home builders associations often match these contributions from the endowment.

Applications for students to attend the 2010 IBS in Las Vegas in January are now available and due by Oct. 30. The endowment offers several additional scholarships for NAHB’s student members. For more information and to apply online, visit www.NAHB.org/IBSscholarship.

While transferring all its correspondence to the online forum, the NAHB Student Chapters has also launched an online store for e-commerce in hats, t-shirts, backpacks and sweatshirts.

NAHB Student Chapters instructors seeking industry-sponsored certification can also go to the site to purchase 16 course models, which are administered by The Ohio State University.

For more information on the Student Chapters schedule, scholarships and deadlines, click here; or e-mail Page Browning at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8918.

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