February Builder of the Month - Abrazo Homes!

Abrazo is EEBA's Builder of the Month Feature!
February Builder of the Month - Abrazo Homes!
Founded in 2010, Abrazo emerged as a local home builder during one of the most challenging periods in the industry’s history, following the 2009 crash of the housing market. Determined to make a positive impact, Abrazo’s founders, Brian McCarthy and Mackenzie Bishop, capitalized on a unique opportunity and embarked on a journey to build homes that exceeded expectations in the midst of an otherwise dim and uninspiring market. Drawing upon their collective expertise and passion for innovation, Abrazo Homes implemented new construction techniques, embraced sustainable building practices, and introduced smart home technology to the Albuquerque market. Abrazo wanted to create homes that not only met the basic needs of their clients but also exceeded their expectations, both in terms of efficiency, functionality and aesthetics. This formula for success proved beneficial over the years and subsequently, Abrazo has been recognized as one of the best places to work, one of the top private... read more
 

Announcing the Deltec 360⁰ Signature Collection

Announcing the Deltec 360⁰ Signature Collection
Over the past year the Deltec team has been hard at work doing what we do best: reimagining the home. Today, we announce our largest new product launch in the company’s history: the 360⁰ Signature Collection. The new 360⁰ Signature Collection honors the legacy of our founder, Robert Kinser, and the innovative and exceptional panoramic design that has inspired Deltec homeowners for 56 years. This new line of homes captures the true essence of what living in a round home is all about: An extraordinary living experience An unparalleled connection to the outdoors Resilience to hurricanes and extreme weather conditions Naturally more energy-efficient and sustainable Better yet, because the homes in the 360⁰ Signature Collection are pre-designed and extremely efficient to manufacture and build, we are able to pass on significant price and time savings to our customers. The 360⁰ Signature Collection offers: 32 pre-designed floor plans carefully curated to reflect what... read more
 

Sunnova: Building for Tomorrow's Weather

Are your homes ready for the climate challenges ahead?
Sunnova: Building for Tomorrow
Extreme weather is on the rise across the country. Are you building homes to withstand the weather of tomorrow? Join Sunnova Energy's panel of experts on January 17 at 12 PM CST for a free webinar on building weather-resilient homes using solar + energy storage solutions. What you’ll learn: Recap 2023 weather events and patterns Discover how you can leverage incentives for energy storage solutions and solar Hear real examples of solar + batteries keeping the lights on during outages Get tips on building homes that are ready for extreme weather See how energy storage solutions can help meet homebuyer demands and improve their investment through added resilience and reliability The combination of solar and energy storage solutions helps you build homes that are ready for the weather of tomorrow while giving your homeowners greater peace of mind. Register now for Sunnova's 1/17 webinar to learn more! If you can’t attend, please register anyways and a recording ... read more
 

Five Sustainable Eco Homes Built With Style

Think Wood Blog
Five Sustainable Eco Homes Built With Style
The role of the construction industry in combating climate change is a relatively new consideration, but one that is gaining prominence on sustainability agendas at a global scale. At the recent UN Climate Change Conference, the program included a day dedicated to buildings and cities, as well as the Build Better Now virtual pavilion, showcasing seventeen sustainable projects. In advance of COP26, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Declarehosted a Built Environment Summit, prompting a collective call to the built environment sector to embed, replicate, and scale up sustainable best practice designs. Similar to local recycling efforts, individual home owners, contractors, and developers each have a role to play in reducing carbon emissions at the residential scale. Here are five project examples that illustrate how you can build single-family housing sustainably, with style. Urban Eco Home Infill Non-profit development firm ​Midtown... read more
 

How We Should Build Sustainable Homes of the Future

Schneider Electric Blog
How We Should Build Sustainable Homes of the Future
Compared to many other industries, the construction industry has traditionally been slow at technological development[1]. This is changing rapidly, and more than digitization and emerging technologies, Sustainability is going to become one of the dominant disruptive forces to transform construction industry, and specifically, housing construction, in this century. Clean energy transition will result in green net zero homes of the future that will actively reduce our carbon footprint. Existing buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of EU energy consumption and 36% of the greenhouse gas emissions, meaning they are the single largest energy consumer in Europe. By contrast, well-sealed, insulated, and energy efficient net zero homes of the future will produce as much renewable energy as they consume. They will be carbon-free and the energy bills of their residents will be zero. We may already be on this path towards net zero, but this journey depends on several factors as... read more
 

Importance of Greywater Recycling in Buildings

Hydraloop Blog
Importance of Greywater Recycling in Buildings
Why is Greywater Recycling so Important? Due to climate change and population growth, most regions of the world now face increasing periods of drought and lower ground water levels. In summer 2022, Europe suffered under the most severe drought in 500 years, while the American Southwest is forced to find new ways to leverage its remaining water sources like the Colorado River. Water scarcity impacts people and organizations in their daily lives. Business operations stagnate and people must adapt their lifestyles, so we need to transition towards a water smart society. If 50% of the world population would recycle its water at home, we could save 66 billion gallons of potable water use and 105 thousand tons of CO2 every single day. In the next 25 years, the world population will grow by two billion people and more than 60% of all people will live in urban areas. As a result, the global demand for clean water will grow by 55% – much more than the hydrological cycle can... read more
 

A Tripartite Perspective: Green Building Through the Eyes of an Intern, a Young Person, and a Member of a Builder Family

A Tripartite Perspective: Green Building Through the Eyes of an Intern, a Young Person, and a Member of a Builder Family
As my internship with the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) draws to a close, I have pondered on my position and views on the state of green building today. As someone who was raised building houses and heavily influenced by builders, this internship at EEBA has offered me a more comprehensive perspective on what green building is and how high-performance homes are built. Even through the eyes as a youth today, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the concept of green building has gained remarkable traction in recent years as our society grapples with the need to address environmental concerns. Intern As an intern at EEBA, my eyes have been opened to the vast wealth of knowledge and resources that promote sustainable building practices. Before interning here, I did not have much experience with anything dealing with sustainability or the environment besides an oceanography trip in college and learning about the effects things like oil spills have on... read more
 

Meeting Net Zero Homes Regulation With Confidence

Schneider Electric Blog
Meeting Net Zero Homes Regulation With Confidence
View original blog on Schneider Electric's website Households have both a direct and indirect impact on the environment. A house takes up physical real estate; it produces heat, noise and – in today’s digital age – a low level of electromagnetic interference from a bevy of connected devices. Its occupants will accumulate resources and produce real physical waste over time – including food packaging and discarded appliances. All accounting for houses to have a major impact thanks to the energy they consume, still only partially derived from clean renewable power. Indeed, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of EU energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. We are no less culpable for these emissions just because they are largely invisible and the major impacts happen outside our purview. To keep us focused on making our homes smart and net zero over time, regulations, policies, incentives and standards are there to guide us but also to mitigate the impact of... read more
 

Taylor Morrison - August Builder of the Month!

Taylor Morrison - August Builder of the Month!
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Taylor Morrison is one of the nation's largest homebuilders and developers. Taylor Morrison serves a broad range of consumers from coast to coast, including first-time, move-up, and resort-lifestyle homebuyers and renters under their family of brands—including Taylor Morrison, Esplanade, Darling Homes Collection by Taylor Morrison and Yardly. From 2016-2023, Taylor Morrison has been recognized as America's Most Trusted® Builder by Lifestory Research. Recently, Taylor Morrison announced its newest partnership with Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the home organization experts behind The Home Edit, a part of Hello Sunshine, which is a division of Candle Media, on a new video series, New Home, New Zones, offering home-organization tips that make moving into a new home easier. As part of the multi-faceted partnership, Taylor Morrison will also serve as a homebuilder on The Home Edit's new take on hit home renovation series "Extreme... read more
 

Addison Homes Receives Home Builders Association of Greenville’s Green Building Bridge Award

Addison Homes Receives Home Builders Association of Greenville’s Green Building Bridge Award
Greenville, S.C. (July 24, 2023) - Addison Homes, a local home builder which specializes in building healthy, high-performance homes that emphasize increased comfort and durability, better indoor air quality, ultra energy efficiency, and the use of sustainable materials, has received the Green Building award at the annual Bridge Awards gala for the Home Builders Association of Greenville. Founded in 1960 as an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders, the Home Builders Association of Greenville has grown to more than 650 member firms. The HBA of Greenville recognizes excellence in craftsmanship and professionalism in the home building industry through the Bridge Awards. The award-winning Addison home, the Keowee, features exceptional indoor air quality, water and energy efficiency, and uses a solar photovoltaic shingle system to generate renewable energy to offset a significant portion of the electrical use of the home, achieving an astounding HERS score of 28... read more