Representatives Set to Testify Next Week at Institute’s Hearing on Productivity and the Workforce

The National Institute of Building Sciences has released the schedule of testimony for the Representative Hearing on Productivity and the Workforce, to be held September 25, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT, at the Institute’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C

Outdoor Living Spaces and Smart Home Technology Top Homeowner Preference

Homeowners continue to prioritize investing in outdoor living spaces and there has been a significant surge in popularity in adding technology and systems that can help automate energy consumption .These findings are from the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey covering activity during the second quarter of 2015 that focused on emerging home features: systems, technologies and special function rooms in the home.

Greenpeace Report Finds 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible by 2050

Greenpeace released its 2015 Energy [R]evolution report, which finds that a global phase out of fossil fuels and shift towards 100 percent renewable energy is possible by 2050. The analysis, researched in collaboration with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), shows that the transition to renewables would create jobs and be cost competitive. The necessary investment in clean energy would be more than covered by future savings in fuel costs

EPA Encourages Homeowners and Communities to Maintain Septic Systems During SepticSmart Week

“Proper septic maintenance can improve water quality across the nation,” said Ken Kopocis, Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Office of Water. “Maintenance can also prevent expensive malfunctions and save homeowners significant sums of money. It’s good for our environment and our economy.”

Farm Bureau Prepares to Ask Supreme Court to Throw out the Chesapeake Bay Clean...

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and its allies, including the National Association of Homebuilders, made it clear that they intend to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn two lower court decisions upholding the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. The AFBF requested an extension of time to ask the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of their lawsuit challenging the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

Existing-Home Sales Stall in August, Prices Moderate

Following three straight months of gains, existing–home sales dipped in August despite slowing price growth and a positive turnaround in the share of sales to first–time buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors®. None of the four major regions experienced sales increases in August.

Architects Issue Statement on DOE’s Net-Zero Energy Building Definition

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the Department of Energy’s release of a common definition of a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building. Please attribute to AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA

New Solar Career Mapping Tool Launched by IREC at Solar Power International

A new, highly interactive Solar Career Map launched today by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is designed for workforce professionals, educators, policymakers and job seekers. It explores an expanding universe of solar-energy occupations, describing diverse jobs across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the high-quality training necessary to do them well.

First NAMB #MortgagePro Social Media Contest Winner Announced

The Association of Mortgage Professionals, announced today that John Yeager, Branch Manager of Summit Mortgage in Valley Center, California, has won the first NAMB Social Media Contest. Over the past several months mortgage professionals from across the country have been encouraged to tell the world what makes them a mortgage professional and to use the #MortgagePro hashtag when they do.

23rd Annual Evening With The Stars Of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner Highlights Achievements Of...

The Alliance to Save Energy is proud to host the 23rd annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. This year’s Awards Dinner, affectionately referred to as the ‘Energy Prom’, welcomes 400 key players and influencers within the energy efficiency field to gather and celebrate the achievements of individuals, companies and policymakers

Housing Starts Edge Lower in August, Permits Up

Nationwide housing starts dropped 3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.126 million units in August, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department. Overall permit issuance rose 3.5 percent to a rate of 1.170 million.

DOE Releases Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, Campuses and Commu

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition for a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building

Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families during first national A Brush with Kindness Week

Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Valspar, Habitat’s national paint partner, and Wells Fargo to launch the first national A Brush with Kindness Week, Sept. 19-26. A Brush with Kindness Week is a nationwide effort to transform neighborhoods by painting, landscaping and providing minor exterior home repairs in partnership with low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or have a disability.

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 7.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 11, 2015. The week's results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday.

Federal Judge Says Cross Point’s Contractor Must Rehire Janitors

An administrative law judge has ruled that the cleaning contractor, Emerald Green Building Services, engaged in unlawful actions when it refused to hire incumbent janitors at Cross Point Towers, Lowell’s premier office building, and Nagog Park, an office park in Acton. The judge found that Emerald Green unlawfully refused to hire the incumbent workers because of their affiliation with the labor union 32BJ SEIU.

Amendment Focused on Mitigating Flood Risk at Multifamily Properties

On September 10, Representative Dan Donovan (R-NY) offered a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) related amendment during the relevant House subcommittee’s markup of the overall Homeland Security Authorization bill. The amendment passed with no opposition and would go to great lengths in assisting multifamily owners in preparing and mitigating against future flood risks. It also seeks to address many of the criticisms of the agency’s handling of the claims process in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly $200,000 in grants awarded to nonprofits offering solar power for low-income communities

Nine grantees will collectively receive $170,000 in grants to equip affordable single- and multi-family homes with solar power, announced NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. The average household pays nearly $170 each month in energy costs, and the typical homeowner saves more than $1,000 a year on electricity by installing roof-top solar panels

Detroit Coalition Releases Guide To Help Developers Identify Community Development Financing Resources

Project developers and community members in Detroit now have an easy reference guide for finding financing from Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) for a range of needs, including consumer mortgages, business loans, real estate projects, and mixed-use developments.

House Financial Services Chairman Seeks Recommendations for Restructuring HUD and Improving the Delivery of...

In commemoration of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s 50th anniversary, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has issued a call for ideas to reform HUD and modernize the delivery of federal housing assistance. Hensarling argues that HUD has not lived up to the expectations set for the agency by President Lyndon Johnson when he created the department, stating, “instead of marshaling federal resources towards the

NCRC Statement on Updates to Common Securitization Platform

In reaction to updates to the Common Securitization Platform released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement

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Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. While moving home can be a whirlwind, with a good understanding of the process and what documents you need to be completed by what stage of the moving process, you can rest assured that your move will go to plan. In order to make buying your first home easier for you, we've put together some of our top tips.

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Appraisal Institute Opens Registration for 2019 Annual Conference

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced it has opened registration for its 2019 Annual Conference, July 22-24, in Denver.