Conference to Look at Business Advantages of Building Green
Registration is now open for the 11th annual NAHB National Green Building Conference, set for May 8-10 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole hotel.
To help new and experienced green builders and remodelers thrive in today's uncertain economy, this year's conference is focused on the "green" of green — how the home building industry can adjust its business practices, revamp marketing plans and refigure budget planning with a new emphasis on appealing to mainstream buyers.
Headlining this year's event is Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz.com and author of “Strategies of the Green Economy” and other books relating to green business and sustainability. Makower will give the keynote presentation on Saturday, May 9.
More than 30 other educational sessions that run the gamut from market research results to the latest in green building science are also scheduled, including a detailed presentation on the National Green Building Standard, which was approved by the American National Standards Institute last month.
A highlight of the conference is the annual Tour of Green Homes, which this year features single-family homes, remodeling projects and a subdivision scored to the National Green Building Standard.
Coordinated by Green Built North Texas, the green building program for the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, the tour takes place on Friday, May 8 and will be followed that evening by the NAHB National Green Building Awards dinner and honors. This year's Master of Ceremonies is Fort Worth builder Don Ferrier, who was named the NAHB Green Building Advocate of the Year in 2007.
Industry members seeking the Certified Green Professional educational designation can arrive early to take the two-day Green Building for Building Professionals course and may want to stay until Monday, May 12 for the Business Management for Building Professionals course, which is required for individuals who do not already hold an NAHB designation.
A limited number of booths for exhibitors are still available; for information, e-mail Chris Hood at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8684.
Some sponsorship opportunities also remain; contact NAHB Julie Mines at 800-368-5242 x8053 to secure a slot.
Last year's conference in New Orleans attracted more than 1,600 participants, making the NAHB National Green Building Conference the largest and most comprehensive event of its kind catering to the residential construction industry.
This year's Corporate Sponsors include McGraw-Hill Construction, Stock Building Supply, the Propane Education & Research Council, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Whirlpool Corporation.
To register for the conference, click here.
‘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.
The Future of Residential Construction Is Green
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 1,000 people have earned the CGPdesignation to date.
For more information, visit www.nahb.org/CGPinfo.
‘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.
‘Profit from Building Green’ Available at BuilderBooks.com
“Profit from Building Green — Award-Winning Tips to Build Energy Efficient Homes,” available through BuilderBooks.com, showcases what energy conscious award-winning builders are doing, provides innovative energy-efficient features and covers successful techniques for building this niche market.
To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.