NAHB’s Voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines

Written by Neda Dabestani-Ryba

NAHB’s Voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines

By Neda Dabestani-Ryba Prudential Carruthers REALTORS

The voluntary Model Green Home Building Guidelines are designed to move environmentally friendly home building concepts further intorepparttar mainstream marketplace. Currently, there are approximately thirty communities throughoutrepparttar 150465 U.S. that have green home building programs in place or in development. By developingrepparttar 150466 set of voluntary national guidelines, NAHB intends to help facilitaterepparttar 150467 adoption of green home building practices andrepparttar 150468 formation of additional local programs inrepparttar 150469 parts ofrepparttar 150470 country not currently served by programs. Inrepparttar 150471 spring of 2003, NAHB approved a resolution supporting green building. In response to NAHB member’s requests to providerepparttar 150472 membership with technical guidance to supportrepparttar 150473 new green building policy, NAHB taskedrepparttar 150474 NAHB Research Center to manage a project to develop national green home building guidelines. The NAHB Research Center worked together in an open, public process with over 60 Stakeholder Group members fromrepparttar 150475 home building industry to create those guidelines. The guidelines contain six primary sections: Lot Preparation and Design - With lot preparation and design,repparttar 150476 builder has opportunities to demonstrate environmentally sensible construction practices. Even beforerepparttar 150477 foundation is poured, careful planning can reducerepparttar 150478 home’s impact on vegetation, soil, water, plus a home’s long-term performance can be enhanced. Such preparation can provide significant value torepparttar 150479 homeowner,repparttar 150480 environment, andrepparttar 150481 community. Included forrepparttar 150482 end user, especially developers, is a Site Planning Appendix that closely mirrors this section and provides additional guidance. Resource Efficiency – This section shows how certain framing techniques and home designs can effectively optimizerepparttar 150483 use of building materials. Construction waste management concepts are also discussed. In addition, information is provided on how a home’s durability andrepparttar 150484 amount of time and money needed for maintenance are affected by how certain materials are used. Energy Efficiency – This isrepparttar 150485 most quantifiable aspect of green building. The information on this section will help a builder create a building envelope and incorporate energy efficient mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting into a home that will yield long-term utility bill cost savings and increased comfort forrepparttar 150486 homeowner. It containsrepparttar 150487 only requirements to participate in this voluntary program: compliance withrepparttar 150488 2003 International Energy Conservation Code, use of ACCA manuals to size HVAC equipment, and 3rd party plan review to verify compliance withrepparttar 150489 section. Water Efficiency/Conservation – Although,repparttar 150490 relative importance of water availability and usage varies from region to region,repparttar 150491 concern with adequate supply of water is becoming more widespread geographically. Experience also shows that employingrepparttar 150492 line items from this section ofrepparttar 150493 guidelines for indoor and outdoor water use can decrease a homeowner’s need for water and thus reduce utility bills, regardless of location.

Why is Market Research important?

Written by Martin Day

Market research is an essential part of any business that wants to offer products or services that are focussed and well targeted. Business decisions that are based on good intelligence and good market research can minimise risk and pay dividends and by making market research part and parcel ofrepparttar business process and conducting market research throughoutrepparttar 150464 lifecycle of a product or service market research will bringrepparttar 150465 following benefits:-

Market research will help you better communicate - Your current customers experiences are a valuable information source, not only will they allow you to gauge how well you currently meet their expectations they can also tell you where you are getting things right and more importantly where you are getting things wrong.

By askingrepparttar 150466 customer you not only show them that you care but you also takerepparttar 150467 guess work out of customer services.

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