Learn How Building Green Is Smart for Business
Three experts on various aspects of green building will conduct an hour-long audio seminar on the opportunities, challenges and benefits of green building from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT one Wednesday, June 11.
"Green as Good Business” seminar participants will discuss such topics as a business case for green building in a slow market; the marketing benefits of green building; the challenges of green building; and green building legal trends and related issues.
“Green building has captured the attention of the residential home construction industry and the buying public,” said David Jaffe, NAHB staff vice president for construction liability and legal research. “The promise of significant energy savings, a healthy indoor environment and being ecologically friendly have proven to be strong motivating factors for designing, building and purchasing a green home.”
But Jaffe, a seminar participant, also cautions builders to be proactively aware of “potential liability issues in order to avoid disputes and litigation that could result in a lengthy and debilitating sidetrack of the green building wave.”
In addition to Jaffe, seminar participants include Matthew Belcher, president of Belcher Homes, a residential and light commercial green building, development and consulting firm based in St. Louis; and Donald Ferrier, CGB, president of Ferrier Custom Homes in Fort Worth, Texas and a nationally recognized green and sustainable home builder.
Registration is $145 per site, with no limit to the number of people dialing into the seminar. The first 20 site registrations will receive a complimentary copy of the 2008 Cost of Doing Business Study, a $99 value.
To register, visit www.nahb.org/gobuildgreen. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail and, three to five days before the seminar, dialing instructions will be sent to listeners via e-mail.
For more information, e-mail Agustín Cruz at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8472.
NAHB Has Nearly 300 Resources to Help You Run Your Business More Profitably
Go to NAHB's Business Management Tools Web pages (available to members only) for instant access to nearly 300 timesaving, moneymaking and cost-cutting business resources to help you run your business more profitably. Get guidance on accounting and financial management, business strategy, computers and information technology, customer service, human resources and more.
Resources are added weekly, so bookmark www.nahb.org/biztools to go directly to these vital business management resources.
Local and state home builders associations can link directly to www.nahb.org/biztools from their Web site and give their members instant access to these resources. It will make your HBA's Web site the place to go for the information and guidance that members need to succeed.
‘National Green Building Standard’ Coming Soon From BuilderBooks.com
The “National Green Building Standard” from the International Code Council® and NAHB will be available from BuilderBooks.com soon.
For multifamily, home remodeling and additions, site development and single-family housing, the standard covers lot design; resource, energy and water efficiency; indoor environment quality; and owner education.
Visit BuilderBooks.com for availability.
Free NAHB Kit Gives Builders Back-to-Basics Tips to Navigate the Slowdown
What was once expected to be a relatively mild housing slump following three years of record new home construction and sales has given way to a significant downturn.
To help members navigate the uncharted waters of this slowdown, NAHB has compiled a comprehensive “Back to Basics” online toolkit — the best of the basics, the tried and true and the truly new. To access the toolkit, click here.
To access the “Back to Basics” toolkit, you must be an NAHB member and have a login to www.nahb.org. To create a login, go to www.nahb.org/login or click on the log-in button on the main menu bar.
For assistance, call the NAHB Member Service Center at 800-368-5242.