4th Issue of April 2008 Future Article Sponsor Future Article Sponsor Bruckal Redevelopments Group Announces Groundbreaking of The Victor The first phase of construction of the Victor commenced this week as excavators arrived on the urban infill lot at the corner of 15th Street and Highland Avenue in the Biltmore area of Central Phoenix. http://www.ultimatenewhomes.com/unhems/2008/PR/bruckal4-14.htm Nation’s Building News, Week of April 21st - Completion of National Green Building Standard Nears The National Green Building Standard moved closer to becoming the national standard for green building last week when it was submitted to the American National Standards Institute. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-04-21/Green%2BBuilding/index.html Big Builder Online, April 17 - Beazer Unveils Green Initiative Executives at Beazer Homes unveiled today a nationwide program that sets a new environmental standard for the homes its builds. Under the new eSmart program, every Beazer new-home start will include a handful of environmentally conscious home products as standard items. http://bigbuilderonline.com/industry-news.asp?sectionID=363&articleID=690344 APS Energy Star Homes Program, Week of April 14th - 2008 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award! It gives us great pleasure to share this news with you – the APS ENERGY STAR® Homes Program has been awarded the 2008 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award! This coveted award is earned by programs that excel at delivering the national EPA/DOE ENERGY STAR program. Less than 1% of all ENERGY STAR partners nationwide are honored with this award. http://www.ultimatenewhomes.com/unhems/2008/Apr8/008-4-3/energy-star-008-4-3.htm Nation’s Building News, Week of April 14th - Attend the Green Building Conference in New Orleans Record attendance is expected at the 10th annual NAHB National Green Building Conference in New Orleans on May 11-13. The conference features cutting-edge education sessions, tours and presentations on the latest advancements and trends in sustainable home building as well as the 10th Annual National Green Building Awards honoring the best in green building. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-04-14/Green%2BBuilding/index.html Nation’s Building News, Week of April 7th - Record Crowd Expected at New Orleans Green Conference Record attendance is expected at the 10th annual NAHB National Green Building Conference in New Orleans on May 10-13. The conference features cutting-edge education sessions, tours and presentations on the latest advancements and trends in sustainable home building as well as the 10th Annual National Green Building Awards honoring the best in green building. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-04-07/Green%2BBuilding/index.html Nation’s Building News, Week of March 31st - PATH Adds Green Roofs to Its Technology Inventory The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) recently announced that it has added green roofs to its Technology Inventory. The PATH Technology Inventory lists more than 180 technologies — including many green housing strategies from advanced framing techniques to white LED lighting — that demonstrate great potential for improved housing performance, but have not been widely accepted. The inventory focuses on a range of technologies — from new materials, components and systems to complete houses. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-03-31/Research/index.html Realty Times, March 17 - Wild, Wild West: San Jose's Solar Home Sales Sizzle Apparently silicon on rooftops is just as hot as silicon found in all the computer components manufactured at the nation's ground zero for technology research and development. http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20080317_wildwildwest.htm Nation’s Building News, Week of March 10th - IRS Announces Rule Changes for Energy Tax Credit In response to suggestions by NAHB, the IRS has announced plans to publish new guidance updating the regulatory rules for the energy-efficient home tax credit program (Section 45L). http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-03-10/Green%2BBuilding/index.html Ahwatukee Hills News, March 7 – STAFF PERSPECTIVE: A solar panel on every roof! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that Arizona could, and should, be at the forefront when it comes to solar power. http://www.ahwatukee.com/articles/solar_2520___article.html/power_panels.html Realty Times, March 3 - NAHB National Green Building Program Open for Business If you are one of the record numbers of Americans voting in the 2008 presidential primaries and caucuses across the country, you have, no doubt, heard about our souring economy for the low- and middle-classes. More troubling, is Washington's inability to capitalize on American ingenuity and create new systems, processes and infrastructures that feature less consumption and more 'green.' The National Association of Home Builders is doing its share and then some in taking the lead toward a 'green' America. At the International Builders' Show in Orlando, the NAHB announced its National Green Building Program, an education, verification and certification program that will allow builders anywhere to build green homes. http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20080303_nahbgreen.htm Nation’s Building News, Week of March 3rd - Green Building Demand Holds Strong in Weak Market While the overall housing sector is experiencing a downturn, the green building market continues to thrive, according to panelists speaking at an International Builders’ Show press conference last month in Orlando. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-03-03/Green%2BBuilding/index.html Nation’s Building News, Week of February 25th - Sec. Bodman Calls for More Energy- Efficient Homes Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman arrived at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando on Feb. 14 to challenge the nation’s home builders to build 220,000 new high-performance homes by 2012. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-02-25/Green%2BBuilding/index.html Nation’s Building News, Week of February 25th - Designation for Green Building Professionals Debuts at IBS The new Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation that teaches builders, remodelers and other industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into homes without driving up the cost of construction debuted on ―Green Day,‖ Feb. 14, at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-02-25/Green%2BBuilding/2.html Nation’s Building News, Week of January 21st - Green Mandate an Obstacle to HOPE VI Support While NAHB has long supported the HOPE VI program, a unique initiative that has contributed to the revitalization of some of the most difficult public housing neighborhoods in the nation, the association ultimately opposed the bill because it would mandate green building requirements through the Green Communities program and the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-01-21/Politics+&+Government/index.html The Arizona Republic, January 16 - Townhomes to go all-solar Catalyst Communities founder Chad Gifford is gambling. He's willing to bet there are 36 home buyers in central Phoenix that are so frugal with their electricity that he'll pay their utility bills if they buy his solar-powered town houses. http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/0116biz- savingenergy0116home.html Nation’s Building News, Week of January 14 - NAHB Certified Green Designation Coming Soon A new professional designation program from NAHB will soon provide home buyers with additional assurance that the builder or remodeler they’ve chosen is authentically ―green.‖ http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-01-14/Green+Building/index.html Nation’s Building News, Week of January 14 - Plantation-Style New American Home Puts Accent on Green The New American Home (TNAH) will be celebrating its 25th anniversary when it opens its doors to attendees at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando next month, once again displaying innovative building materials, cutting-edge design and the latest construction techniques to provide home builders with inspiration for energy-efficient, durable and stylish homes. http://www.nbnnews.com/NBN/issues/2008-01-14/Front+Page/index.html A year ago the Ultimate New Homes Newsletter regularly ran a Green Homes article. We are considering bringing back our Green Homes section on a regular basis. If this is something you would like to see, please click here to let us know.