Record No. of Vendors Featured Green Products at Int’l Builders’ Show
Attendance was visibly lower at this year’s International Builders’ Show, but a record 363 vendors featured green products – more than double the number last year – said a spokeswoman for the National Association of Home Builders, AP reports (via Salon).
Increased competition among green product suppliers has driven down costs and made it more affordable to build green homes. Radiant floor systems, for example, are now more affordable than four or five years ago, says Matt Belcher, president of Belcher Homes.
However, most products at the convention didn’t represent major advancements in innovations. Instead, they made modest improvements on how the products are made or made the products more widely available.
At last year’s show, the association launched its National Green Building Program, which aims to compete with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating tools.
Energy Manager News
- Driving Energy Efficiency by Improving the Owner/Tenant Relationship
- Case Study: Fast Payback in New York City
- $8M Project to Upgrade Chillicothe (OH) Correctional Institute
- Three Trends Align to Save Buildings Millions in Energy Costs
- Law Bars Energy Providers from Charging Early Termination Fees in the Event of Death
- Corporations Spend Big on Ballot Initiatives, Crushing Ratepayer Opposition
- Texas Retailer Offers Instant Rebate for Rooftop Solar, Offers High Credits for Excess Solar
- Local, State and the Federal Government Excel at Energy Efficiency