NBN Online for the week of April 14, 2008

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In This Issue:

Front Page
Flurry of Housing Measures Aim at Jump-Starting Economy
Unsold Home Inventory Casts Shadow on Apartments
Media, Mayors Support ‘Buy Now’ Campaign in Arkansas
The Big Hunt Sets Its Sights On National Membership Day
Coast to Coast
Walking Out of a Mortgage and Into Years of Hurt
Politics & Government
Small Business Health Insurance Bill Introduced
States Act to Limit Home Foreclosures
Slumping Economy, Higher Costs Blow Holes in State Budgets
Plan to Attend the 2008 NAHB Legislative Conference
Economics & Finance
Useful Links to Monitor Economic and Housing Trends
Builders’ Tip: An Easy-to-Fabricate Lockset Drill Guide
Business Management
New Industry Accounting Book Indispensable in Tough Times
50Plus Housing
Attend 50+ Symposium in New Orleans on May 19-21
It’s Hard Sledding for Condo Sales, But They Are Selling
Gen Y Provides Hot Prospects for Urban-Styled Apartments
Seattle High-Rise Named Multifamily Community of the Year
Group Remodels in Houston for a Special Caregiver
'Remodel Now' Campaign Materials Are Available
Enter the Best in American Living Awards Competition
Earn Designations at NAHB Conferences in New Orleans
Education Calendar
Green Building
Attend the Green Building Conference in New Orleans
Job Corps Skills Blossom at Minot Home and Garden Show
Building Products
DuPont Announces Advances in Corian
NAHB-Produced Programs on DIY, Fine Living and HGTV
Emmer Development Bags Honor for Butterfly Program
IBS Scholarships an Eye-Opener for Drexel Students
Association News
Get Free ‘April Is New Homes Month,’ Resources Online Now
'Interview Skills' Sold Out; Few 'Presentation Skills' Spots Remain
Avoid Credit Card Processing Rate Increases With Solveras
GM $500 Private Offer: Easy as 1-2-3
UPS Offers Up to 30% Discount to NAHB Members on Shipping
Spring Board Meeting Set for April 29-May 3 in Washington
Calendar of Events
NAHB Career Center

Attend the Green Building Conference in New Orleans


Record attendance is expected at the 10th annual NAHB National Green Building Conference in New Orleans on May 11-13.

The conference features cutting-edge education sessions, tours and presentations on the latest advancements and trends in sustainable home building as well as the 10th Annual National Green Building Awards honoring the best in green building.

More than 60 education sessions will be offered on topics ranging from green remodeling and green building trends to building science, indoor air quality, marketing and local green building considerations.

The tour will provide a look at some of the latest green products and building techniques and a unique opportunity to learn about the ongoing rebuilding efforts in the area and the challenges faced by local builders.

Building professionals at the conference will learn about the new ANSI National Green Building Standard and how to get involved in the NAHB National Green Building Program. They also will be able to work towards earning the new Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation.

To date, more than 200 people have earned the CGP designation, which was introduced at the International Builders’ Show in February. A graduation reception is planned for Saturday evening, May 10.

"Green building is no longer a niche market, it is the present and the future of the building industry,” said Ray Tonjes, Green Building Subcommittee chairman and president of Ray Tonjes Builder, Inc. in Austin, Texas. “This conference really demonstrates how far we have come."

"With all the opportunities at this year’s 10th annual event — excellent education sessions, speakers and green exhibits, home tours and networking opportunities — it’s a show that builders and remodelers can’t afford to miss,” he added.

Speakers at the conference include Michael Todman, president of Whirlpool North America; Dane Parker, Dell Global's environmental director; and Patrick Moore, a nationally regarded proponent of green consensus-building, chairman and chief scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. and former president of Greenpeace International.

For more information, or to register, visit www.nahb.org/greenbuildingconference.

Help Rebuild New Orleans

The conference is partnering with Rebuilding Together New Orleans and the Building for Boomers & Beyond: 50+ Housing Symposium on a special community service project in which symposium attendees can help rehabilitate homes in New Orleans that were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Saturday, May 10, has been reserved for the rebuilding project and symposium attendees are encouraged to volunteer.

Attendees of the 50+ conference will work on the home May 17-18.

'Building Greener Neighborhoods’ Available at BuilderBooks.com

Building Greener Neighborhoods,” available through Digital Delivery at BuilderBooks.com, shows those involved in building new communities the advantages and rewards of saving, planting and transplanting more trees in their developments.

The examples are drawn from decades of experience of land developers, home builders and urban foresters. 

To download this publication in a PDF format, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

Earn NAHB’s New Green Designation at the National Green Building Conference

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.

Both required courses for the CGP will be held at the National Green Building Conference, May 11-13 in New Orleans.

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


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