Unscrambling Energy Efficiency Lingo

(NAHB Now) – Terminology related to energy-efficient homes can make anyone feel lost without an industry translator by their side. The following definitions should give you a better understanding of four of the most common energy-efficient home terminologies: The terminology for energy-efficient homes can be very technical and confusing. Here …

What’s in Your Water?

What’s in Your Water? The EPA sets guidelines for what is permissible in drinking water at your home. However, these guidelines allow for traces of microorganisms, disinfectants, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals and more. Chemicals such as Chlorine and Chloramine are added by your water authority to remove contaminants during the …

For a High-Performing Business, Focus on High-Performance Homes

(NAHB) – Who hasn’t wished for a peek into the future to help determine the best business strategy going forward as the market strengthens? Lacking magical skills, the next best thing is a carefully constructed market analysis with practical – and achievable – recommendations for taking best advantage of emerging …

GHBA Implements New Green Built Program

Since the 2008 launch of the Greater Houston Builders Association’s Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) program, it has proven to be simple, affordable, and tailored to the homebuyer’s every need. The program is unprecedented in the Greater Houston region due to its remarkable ability to tailor itself to the needs …

NAHB Study: New Homes in 2015 will be Smaller, Greener and More Casual

A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that while consumer hesitation on home buying is waning, the recent housing downturn has changed what Americans are looking for in their next home. The survey research on consumer preferences, which is presented annually at the NAHB International …

Case for Green Buildings Grows Stronger for Owners, Occupants

Evidence continues to stack up in the form of updated studies by CoStar Group, CB Richard Ellis, McGraw Hill Construction and other commercial real estate leaders that green practices are reducing long-term operating and occupancy costs, improving occupant health and boosting employee productivity – though not all those variables are …

First Certified Silver Home

Custom home builder sees value in green By Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle In 2009, Building Group started constructing all of its homes to meet the standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design and is a certification program …

Remodel Project Earns Bronze Certification

A Houston home built in 1958, was recently transformed, not just to the lifestyle demands of 2011, but to the new green standards outlined by The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) program. The home, located in the Meyerland area, was a remodel project by KeechiCreek …

Olympia Builders – First Emerald Certified Home

GREEN HOME RECEIVES HIGHEST PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATION The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) program recently announced the first home remodel to receive an ‘Emerald’ certification, the program’s highest designation under the commended National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The homebuilder, Dewey Hennessee with Olympia Builders, was able …

Green Builders Take Root

By David Kaplan, Houston Chronicle Local architect LaVerne Williams has been green-minded for decades. After designing one of Houston’s first green homes in Alief in 1979, he recalled that in summer, workers from nearby construction sites would drop by his nearly completed project on their lunch hour because it was …