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Monday, 17 March 2008

Associations to Know

  • ACCA - Air Conditioning Contractors of America
  • AIA - American Institute of Architects
  • AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction
  • AISI - American Iron and Steel Institute
  • ANSI - American National Standards Institute
  • ASTM - American Society for Testing & Materials
  • American Wood Council - American Wood Council
  • ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air Conditioning Engineers
  • ASID - American Society of Interior Designers
  • ASLA - American Society of Landscape Architects
  • BOMA - Building Owners & Managers Assoc
  • MHI - Manufactured Housing Institute
  • NCSBCS - Natl Conf of States on Building Codes & Stds
  • NIBS - National Institute of Building Sciences
  • NMHC - National Multi Housing Council
  • NSSN - A National Resource for Global Standards
  • NSPE - Natl Society of Professional Engineers

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

New LEED Reference Materials

LEED for Homes Reference Guide Available for Pre-order

If you plan to certify a green home under the LEED® for Homes rating system, place your order for the LEED for Homes Reference Guide today.

The reference guide offers over 350 pages of information, resources and referenced standards for earning LEED credits. Purchase the LEED for Homes reference guide online at the USGBC Store.

Orders will begin shipping in April.

While waiting for your reference guide to ship, visit The Green Home Guide to learn more about greening your home, the LEED for Homes rating system, and what others have done in their homes. Regardless of where you live or what kind of home you have, the Green Home Guide offers something for you. Full of tips and rich resources such as checklists, government incentives, and green products, the Green Home Guide also brings out the nosy neighbor in all of us by featuring profiles of homes that have been certified under LEED for Homes. Check out the state of New York’s first affordable-housing project to achieve LEED for Homes certification: Morrisania Homes in the South Bronx (PDF).

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

National Green Building Conference (NAHB)

Earn NAHB’s New Green Designation at the National Green Building Conference

The Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation teaches builders, remodelers and other industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.

Both required courses for the CGP will be held at the National Green Building Conference, May 11-13 in New Orleans.

For more information, visit

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).
The association supports the program — which provides $2,000 tax credits for the construction and sale of homes achieving a 50% reduction in their energy consumption — as a useful incentive to increase the number of energy-efficient homes in the nation’s housing stock without relying upon mandates.

The new IRS guidance (Notice 2008-35) clarifies that homes used for rental purposes qualify for the tax credit. The guidance also notes that homes built by a third-party contractor and sold to a home owner or leased to a tenant qualify.

In its guidance, the IRS has followed an NAHB recommendation to expand the eligible tax credit raters used to determine the energy-efficiency of new homes by allowing certain state energy agencies to serve as an “equivalent rating network.” This change will increase the number of tax credit raters, reducing the administrative costs of the program for builders and home buyers.

Other changes made to the certification process — including allowing Energy Star sampling for larger builders — will increase the effectiveness of the program.

NAHB will continue to review the new rules and is advocating an extension of the tax credit program, which is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, as part of any future energy package enacted by Congress.

(from NBN News)

To read NAHB’s recommendations to the IRS, click here and click here.