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Green Building


FREE Copy of the National Green Building Standard - Retail $19.95

The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard ™ is the premier rating system for sustainable construction. It provides developers, builders and remodelers with a credible definition of green building and a useful measurement of its relative environmental performance. The flexible, points-based system offers a process for building affordable green homes that accommodates varying climates, market ... Read More

Why is R-22 Refrigerant so Expensive Now?

Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances U.S. government has placed restrictions on how much refrigerant can be produced and by 2020 will no longer be produced. As the amount of R-22 refrigerant that's available dwindles down, the cost of the refrigerant begins to skyrocket. So what should I do? If you have replaced or upgraded your system ... Read More

Energy Star is Like a Good Chocolate Chip Recipe

I seldom meet a chocolate chip cookie I do not like. Occasionally, I come across one that is to “die for.” You know what I am talking about, the ones that are so good they should be illegal - maybe not in Colorado or Washington, but I digress. You would think that all chocolate chip ... Read More

Registration Process for Projects Seeking NGBS Green Certification

In light of the 2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) development process nearing completion, the NAHB Research Center is launching a free registration process for its green certification program on November 1, 2012. This new registration step will allow single- and multifamily builders and developers to identify which rating system they plan to use on ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: How Green is Greene?

Greene County has been "green" for years.  My Grandmother decades ago told me things like, “take care of the land and it will take care of you. Waste not, want not.”  And of course, “Turn off the light when you ain't using it.”  Yes, she said "ain't" and she also had no “i-de” she was ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: The Sound of Green is Free

You have to love words that don't go together, words like "sound", "green" and "free". Placed in a sentence as in this title, they don't appear to make sense. The confusion is that you first have to know what the sound of green is to understand why it is free. If you are thinking "green" ... Read More

HBA Housing & Construction Conference May 23 - Last Chance to RSVP!

The HBA of Greater Springfield will host its third annual Ozarks Regional Housing and Construction Conference on Wednesday, May 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn in south Springfield. The 2012 conference builds on the success of the 2011 event, while offering a number of substantial improvements for participants in 2012. Highlights of the 2012 Conference include ... Read More

Green Home Building to Increase as Much as 38% by 2016

A new report produced by McGraw-Hill Construction and released during the National Green Building Conference and Expo in Nashville this week estimates that the green homes share of the construction market will rise 29% - 38% by 2016 after having accounted for about 17% of the market in 2011. The "SmartMarket Report - New and ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: 30.78 Acres of Trees

It is not too often that I get to brag about the building industry that I work in, but bragging proof came in the mail yesterday.   ENERGY STAR notified me that I had rated 38 houses that were certified as ENERGY STAR Qualified in 2011.  I knew this, but they added some information I did ... Read More

What You Need to Know About the International Green Construction Code

Now that the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) has been introduced by the International Code Council, home builders and developers are wondering whether green mandates are in their future – especially since the IgCC comes with a menu of rating systems choices depending on what kind of project you’re building. It’s important to remember that the IgCC ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: HVAC - the Vast Unknown

We all love to untangle a mystery, and building “green” can be a mystery. But things are changing. In the last ten years Building Science and applications in the field have come together so that the buying public knows many of the right questions to ask. They know about Blower Door tests, HERS ratings, R-values, ... Read More