April 18, 2011
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Entries Now Being Accepted for 2012 EnergyValue Housing Award

Entries are now being accepted by the NAHB Research Center for the 2012 EnergyValue Housing Award competition.

The EVHA honors home builders and remodelers who voluntarily integrate energy efficiency into the design, construction and marketing of either new or existing homes.

Over the past 16 years, the EVHA has become the gold standard in industry recognition for high-performance home builders.

The entry form has been redesigned for the 2012 awards. Applicants can download the entire application in an electronic directory that contains the application itself, a subfolder for each section of the application and checklists to help the applicant keep track. All required materials are clearly identified and suggestions are available for optional materials.

Once all sections are completed and saved in the appropriate subfolder, the entire directory must be submitted on two thumb drives or disks along with a signed copy of the disclosure statement.

Using electronic storage devices eliminates the need for applicants to ship large binders of materials to the NAHB Research Center.

In addition, nearly all sections now call for narrative descriptions of each feature rather than listing details on them. The change is designed to give applicants the opportunity to convey their philosophy on energy efficiency and their approach to high-performance building.

Applications for New Homes and Existing Homes divisions are available at www.nahbrc.com/evha. The submission deadline is July 29.  

Winners will be honored at an awards dinner planned for Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Orlando, coinciding with the first day of the 2012 NAHB International Builders’ Show.

Register for Green Building Conference, Which Focuses on Value of Green Building, by April 22

Online registration for NAHB's 2011 National Green Building Conference, set for May 1-3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, ends Friday, April 22.

The conference will focus on “making the value connection” and communicating to prospective home buyers and others the value of green upgrades in their homes.

The conference will feature educational sessions that meet the needs of both relative newcomers and experienced green building professionals, including programs on the EPA's latest changes to the Energy Star for New Homes guidelines, teaching homeowners how to maintain and maximize the performance of their green homes, examples of new systems that can deliver high performance at affordable prices and discussions from industry experts on how to develop and leverage a new green building product.

For more information and to register, visit the Green Building Conference website; or email Chad Riedy, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8225.

'National Green Building Standard’ Available at BuilderBooks.com

The National Green Building Standard,” available through BuilderBooks.com, provides “green” practices that can be incorporated into multifamily and single-family new home construction, home remodeling and additions and site development.

The standard covers lot design, resource, energy and water efficiency; indoor environment quality; and owner education.

Currently the first and only ANSI-approved green building rating system, the National Green Building Standard is the benchmark for green homes.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here.

'National Green Building Standard Commentary' Available at BuilderBooks.com

The "National Green Building Standard Commentary," available through BuilderBooks.com and a companion to the ANSI approved "National Green Building Standard," that provides valuable insight to the intention and implementations of the practices and provisions found in the green building standard.

The "Commentary" is a useful resource for any designer or builder using the ICC 700-2008 as a rating system for developing or renovating residential properties of all types to reduce their relative impact.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

More Than 5,400 People Have Earned Their Certified Green Professional (CGP) Designation

The Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation teaches builders, remodelers and other industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.

Earning the CGP demonstrates to clients and peers your commitment to the best and latest in green building practices and techniques. More than 5,400 people have earned the CGP designation to date.

For more information, visit www.nahb.org/CGPinfo.

'Build Green and Save’ Available at BuilderBooks.com

Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line,” available through BuilderBooks.com, is a comprehensive, easy-to-read reference that shows builders how to identify and select green building materials; implement green construction techniques; explain the benefits of green housing and offer affordable green building solutions to consumers; and use resources wisely and reduce water and energy consumption.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

For answers to questions about National Green Building Certification by the NAHB Research Center, certification to the standard or the guideline sunset, complete and submit the Contact Us form on the NAHBGreen website.

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