Happy Valentine's Day!
Remember that the LEED for Homes Reference Guide makes a great last minute gift for that special someone!
2009 Texas Green Home Summit a Success
Building on the promise set forth by their recent MOU, the 2009 Texas Green Home Summit, jointly organized by USGBC's North Texas Chapter; the HBA of Greater Dallas; and TexEnergy Solutions, a local LEED for Homes Provider organzation, was a smash success, bringing nearly 700 green residential professionals together for a day of education, networking, and idea sharing. The summit was held in Dallas on January 29th.
The highlight of the summit was a panel discussion on current trends in the green residential market, featuring Carlos Martin from NAHB, Nate Kredich from USGBC, Michelle Russo from McGraw-Hill, Phil Crone from the HBA of Greater Dallas, and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. Plans are already underway to build on the 2009 model with a bigger and better Texas Green Home Summit in 2010.
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Home Depot Foundation: Applications Open for Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards
The Home Depot Foundation has begun the application process for their 2009 Awards of Excellence in Affordable Housing Built Responsibly national competition. The winner of this year's award will receive a $75,000 grant from HDF. Projects applying for the Awards must have received a certificate of occupancy before January 1, 2009. The deadline for submitting a letter of inquiry is March 31, 2009. More info is available on the Home Depot Foundation website.
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LEED AP+ Homes On its Way
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is gearing up for the beta test of the all-new LEED for Homes-specific professional accreditation. This new AP designation will slot into GBCI's framework alongside the other AP+ specializations. USGBC is excited for the credential to roll out, confident that residential professionals with the AP+ Homes credential will continue to transform the marketplace. Also noteworthy is that the AP+ Homes will allow LEED for Homes project teams to begin to satisfy the requirements of Innovation & Design credit 1.3, a credit that has been effectively turned off since the launch of LEED for Homes.
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Waived Fees for Angora Fire Rebuild
USGBC has announced that it will help those residents in the Lake Tahoe area who lost their homes in the 2007 Angora wildfire rebuild their homes in a sustainable manner. All registration and certification fees (up to a $525 value) will be waived for those who choose to rebuild using the LEED for Homes Rating System.
In order to take advantage of this fee waiver, project teams and their LEED for Homes Provider should work through the normal registration process (www.usgbc.org/leed/homes), and ask their Provider to request the fee waiver for the project.