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Ed Hudson, MBA
June 30, 2017

Labor and Skills Deficits in Construction: Not just at Jobsite Level

While construction labor shortages are getting a lot of warranted press lately, it’s also very apparent that the industry is suffering from a lack of experienced and skilled staff at the supervisory and project management levels. A lot of talent left construction during the Great Recession, and while the industry is rebounding, the talent pool may not have caught up with the improving economic climate.

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Lynn Nacewicz
March 1, 2017

The Inside Scoop:
NGBS Green Verifiers Tell All

Despite the best efforts of the Home Innovation green team, and volumes of information available to dispel the myth, some builders still believe that getting a home green certified is a difficult, costly, and time-consuming task. Perhaps one of the greatest proof points that NGBS Green Certification is none of these things is its market share – in a relatively short period of time, NGBS Green has gone from a start up to the leading green home certification provider in the country. Many NGBS Green Verifiers say the builders who participate in NGBS Green find it a more straightforward and affordable way to stand out from their competition.

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Patricia Gunderson, P.E.
January 27, 2017

SolSmart Serves Up Soft Cost Savings

Soft costs can often be a deal-breaker for solar installation. DOE's SolSmart is helping builders and developers overcome barriers to solar in residential construction that can often come from arduous local zoning, permitting, and inspection requirements. Find out more about the program and how it can help in your community.

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Michelle Foster
January 9, 2017

NGBS Green: Keys to Success in 2016 and Beyond

2016 was a good year for NGBS Green, marked by steady growth. As we head into the new year on the brink of recognizing our 100,000th NGBS Green Certified home, it's a good time to reflect on the keys to the market success of green certification and how they will continue to benefit participants going forward.

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Bob Burns
October 14, 2016

Pivotal Advance in Green Building Valuation

Home Innovation Research Labs recently announced a data sharing agreement with my company, Pivotal Energy Solutions. The announcement may have seemed inconsequential at the time, but I’m convinced that what this agreement represents is a critical next step in the marketing of energy-efficient homes and has potential to impact your business in a BIG way.

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Patricia Gunderson, P.E.
August 15, 2016

Streamlined Permitting for PV? Yes, Please!

DOE's SolSmart is helping builders and developers overcome the barriers to solar in residential construction that can often come from arduous local zoning, permitting, and inspection requirements. Find out more about this new program and how it can help in your community.

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Michelle Foster
July 1, 2016

2015 NGBS: Keeping Up With The Times

ANSI approved the 2015 NGBS in April. This latest version preserves the standard's tradition as the building industry’s benchmark for residential projects designed and built for high performance, and makes it easier than ever to incorporate green features into your next project. Find out how Home Innovation's NGBS Green Certification program and its rating system are keeping up with latest in green building.

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Michelle Foster
March 10, 2016

NGBS Green: Getting Better with Age!

Embarking on the 7th year of operation for NGBS Green, Home Innovation Research Labs has made some program improvements -- some big, some not so big, but all geared toward delivering the most responsive, reliable, and cost-effective green home certification program available.

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Cindy Wasser
February 5, 2016

New Green Advocacy Tool Hot Off the Presses: NGBS Green Annual Report

Home Innovation Research Labs recently debuted its inaugural green certification program annual report, “NGBS Green: A Better Place to Call Home.” The report provides a new advocacy quill in the quiver of builders and verifiers around the country hoping to promote more choice in the marketplace in regions where green building is required by code.

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Michelle Foster
November 19, 2015

Don't Mess with FTC: Substantiate Your Green Marketing Claims

The FTC is becoming ever more vigilant on pursuing those who mislead consumers on the "green" attributes of their products. While homes are very different than cleaning products and other consumer goods, find out why Home Innovation’s NGBS Green certification program offers a safe haven for builders to deliver consumers green, high performance homes, and not run afoul of the FTC.

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