U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL: Residential Markets Update

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Welcome to the new USGBC Residential Market Update. This monthly newsletter will provide updates about the LEED for Homes program, including news about upcoming events, program changes and recent milestones. Enjoy!

Greenbuild Boston, Nov. 17-21, 2008

We have a host of exciting events planned for this year's Greenbuild Conference and Expo, including the all new Green Homebuilder's Day, and the annual Green Affordable Housing Summit.

Green Homebuilder's Day is a customized program offered Thursday, November 20, 2008, dedicated to various residential green building topics. Homebuilders, contractors, designers, and other residential specialists will have the opportunity to learn more about prevailing green homebuilding trends through attending focused educational sessions, hearing from panels of industry experts, and networking with other professionals from the green homebuilding industry. The day features a keynote address by Kevin O'Connor, Emmy-nominated host of This Old House.

Space is limited for this event: Register Today!

Green Affordable Housing Summit. This year's Affordable Housing Workshop & Tour — sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and The Oak Hill Fund — will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 17 and 18 this year. The first day's events will include an educational seminar in the morning, featuring case study presentations and a discussion of costs and benefits of green affordable housing. In the afternoon, attendees will break into teams for a charette on incorporating green building standards into affordable projects. On Tuesday, attendees will choose between attending an all-day LEED for Homes Program Review, or taking a tour of various green affordable projects in the Boston metro area.

Local Alliance Building

USGBC is happy to have entered into an MOU with the Home Builders Association of North Texas, thanks in part to the support of Steve Saunders, a local LEED for Homes Provider, the untiring work of Phil Crone to shepherd the relationship from the HBA side, and the efforts of Lee Hall from the North Texas Chapter to get all parties to the table. 

The goals of this collaborative relationship include fostering joint educational opportunities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as cooperative efforts to ensure even-handed inclusiveness in any local green building policy measures. Further, the North Texas HBA has formally recognized LEED for Homes certification as a path to achieving its Green Built North Texas (GBNT) brand and accompanying listing in the GBNT home registry. This MOU is a great model for similar relationships throughout the country.

LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Pilot Update

USGBC is currently running a pilot program to determine the appropriate LEED rating system for 4-6 story residential buildings. Residential projects within this range have the option of using LEED for New Construction and/or the LEED for Homes Mid-Rise Pilot Guidance, which includes a modified version of the LEED for Homes Rating System designed for this building type. For more information on this Pilot, which will run until 2009, please contact a LEED for Homes Provider.


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