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Posts From October, 2019

NAHB’s Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship

The National Association of Home Builders is offering a qualified applicant a scholarship to the International Builders’ Show next year.
NAHB’s Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship

Are you a student in a two-year or four-year university/college, vocational, apprenticeship, or other training program? Are you a recent graduate within the past 2 years? Or maybe you’re a young professional looking for a career shift? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be eligible to apply for the NAHB’s Sustainability and Green IBS Scholarship and attend the International Builders’ Show for free.

The Sustainability and Green IBS Scholarship provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to be introduced to the world of high performance homes and helps them make the connections to jumpstart their career.

The Scholarship recipient will receive airfare (up to $600), hotel accommodations (four nights), and a full registration to the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 21-23, 2020. They’ll be able to walk the show floor and take in all the latest products, and will also have access to networking events and a variety of educational sessions.

Do you care about the future of the industry and attracting new talent? Encourage a young building professional or current student interested in high performance homes and sustainable building to apply for the scholarship no later than November 15th. Share this on your social media channels and tag #eebaNextGen #IBS2020!

If you would like to contribute to the Sustainability & Green Building IBS Scholarship Fund please contact Anna Stern. Donations raised for this fund will provide the opportunity for more students to be supported to attend future International Builders’ Shows.

Tech Companies Continue Investments in Renewable Energy

The trend of large technology companies investing in renewables continues as Google makes a $2bn investment.
Tech Companies Continue Investments in Renewable Energy

Most of us can agree that technology has the potential to create both positive change as well as negative fallout. We take the good with the bad. One thing is undeniable though...the influence tech companies hold provides them the ability to create massive waves of change. And this is a good thing where clean energy is concerned.

As reported earlier this year, Facebook has pledged to power its operations using 100% renewable energy by the end of 2020 and is currently building one of the largest solar farms in the United States. And just last month, Google committed to the biggest renewable energy deal in corporate history with a $2 billion wind and solar investment. In 2017 and 2018 they matched 100% of their electricity use with renewable sources and expect to do the same in 2019.

While almost half of their renewable energy investments were made in Europe, the remaining investments were spread out through the United States - new solar farms will be built in Texas and North Carolina where Google has huge data centers, as well as South Carolina. South America will also benefit from the investment as a new project in Chile will combine wind and solar power.

Google is just one of many tech companies that say they are committed to reducing their environmental impact.

Amazon announced its plans to go carbon neutral by 2040, partly with the use of electric delivery trucks. And Apple, with over 70% of its corporate carbon footprint coming from the supply chain, is finding ways to invest in renewable energy that will benefit its suppliers. In 2018 Apple met its goal for 100% renewable energy operations.

While great PR is essential for any company, and meeting publicized sustainability goals is important, the bottom line is that investments in renewable energy is just good business.

According to Greenbiz, corporate renewable energy procurements set a new record in Q2 of 2019. Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, T-Mobile, and AT&T account for more than half of the renewable energy purchases.

Last Chance to Submit Your Project for Best Green Home and Sustainability Awards

There’s less than one week left to submit your entry for Green Builder’s Green Home of the Year and Sustainability Awards
Last Chance to Submit Your Project for Best Green Home and Sustainability Awards

Green Builder Media is on the hunt for the best green homes that include sustainable features, innovative design, and whole home performance. Categories for the Green Home of the Year Awards are: General, Mainstream Green, Alternative Building Technology, Off-site Construction, Small Footprint Living, and Sustainable Community.

2019 projects were located all around the country - the Pacific Northwest, New York, Colorado, Hawaii, and Texas.

This will also be the second year of their Sustainability Awards offering recognition for Green Innovation of the Year, Best Municipal Program, and Sustainability Superhero - last year, Nathan Good of Nathan Good Architects in Salem, Oregon, was awarded this recognition.

Winners will receive coverage in the January/February 2020 issue of Green Builder magazine. A qualified panel of builders and design professionals will review entries and winners will be notified in December. Entries must be received no later than October 11, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. Enter your project today!

Get Ready for Day 2 and 3 at the EEBA Summit

After an incredible Day 1 at the EEBA Summit, get ready for what’s in store for Days 2 and 3.
Get Ready for Day 2 and 3 at the EEBA Summit

Day 1 of the High Performance Home Summit was phenomenal! Beginning with the opening session with former Governor of Colorado Bill Ritter, to the winners of the DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards, there was a lot to celebrate.

While some attendees participated in the HERS Associate class, others did deep dives into subjects surrounding codes, high performance homes and neighborhoods, disaster resilience, healthy homes, and building science.

We closed out the day with our exhibitors and a fun-filled networking reception with great food and drinks. What was your highlight from Day 1?

Day 2 offers both the Path to Zero Energy Homes, as well as the Houses That Work course. At the completion of both all-day classes, participants will have the option of taking a test to receive the specific EEBA Designation. Bruce Sullivan will teach the Path to Zero class while Gord Cooke will lead the Houses That Work class.

During lunch don’t miss out on congratulating the winners of the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards.

The agenda during Day 2 of the Summit will also be offering a RESNET track, multiple sessions on IAQ, some great presenters who will provide tips on selling high performance homes, and even a class on energy efficiency in offsite construction. You can’t go wrong with any of these sessions. Learn more surrounding certain topics or learn something completely new.

We’ll close out Day 2 with a special event: The Mile High Night Out party, taking place at the historic Opera House. Grab your tickets at the registration counter while they last!

Day 3 will offer sessions on multifamily, water efficiency, innovation, and a building science case study. Stick around for the closing plenary featuring Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, as well as Sam Rashkin.

See you tomorrow!