Tag Archive for ‘energy efficiency’

Green Single-family Building Practices

In a sample of homes from 246 single-family builders, about one-fourth have enough green features to meet the minimum point requirement for certification under the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS).  However, only about 11 percent of the homes actually have NGBS certifications, according to a recently released report from NAHB. The report is based on NAHB’s Green Practices Survey, which was conducted in several stages during 2017 and collected information on sustainable and… Read More ›

New Residential Energy Tax Credit Estimates

In 2005, Congress established a number of energy-efficiency tax incentives related to housing that benefitted new home buyers and remodeling homeowners. These policies included the tax code section 45L credit for the construction of energy-efficient homes (including for-rent residences and low-rise apartments), the 25C credit for retrofitting/remodeling existing homes, and the 25D credit for the installation of power production property in… Read More ›

The Average Builder Uses 10 Different Green Products and Practices

On average, single-family builders use 10.2 different green products or practices, and 22 percent always or almost always have their homes certified to a green standard, according to a recent NAHB survey. The survey consisted of special questions on the January survey for the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. A total of 337 single-family builders responded to these questions, one… Read More ›

Home Buyer Preferences for Green Features Remain Stable

In NAHB’s latest home buyer preference survey, buyers gave high marks to particular types of green features. Indeed, ENERGY STAR® rated appliances ranked second from the top among 150 different home and community features that buyers rated on a consistent scale.  Comparing results over the last several surveys shows a stable trend: preferences for particular green features in 2015 were about… Read More ›

Nearly 90% of NAHB Remodelers Commonly Use Low-E Windows

Energy efficient windows again ranked as green feature commonly used by the most remodelers in NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2015.  Nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year. Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems, programmable thermostats, and ENERGY STAR appliances, each… Read More ›

Ten Years of Homes, Only Three Percent of Energy Consumption

Single-family and multifamily homes built in the previous ten years accounted for just 3.2 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S., according to NAHB’s latest analysis of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA’s last report on ““Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States” (covering data through 2009), shows that, in total (irrespective of when it… Read More ›

Efficient Windows Top List of Green Products Used by Remodelers

Energy efficient windows emerged as the leading green product among remodelers responding to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2014, as nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year.  Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems and programmable thermostats at 70 percent each, closely… Read More ›