The National Association of Home Builders will hold its National Green Building Conference in Austin, Texas, March 14-16, where industry experts will be advancing “greener” home building ideas and initiatives for all mainstream builders.

“An increasing number of home buyers are demanding that environmental issues become a top priority in new construction and remodeling efforts,” said Ray Tonjes, NAHB Green Building Subcommittee chair and a home builder from Austin. “Reacting to this demand, this conference will demonstrate that ‘green building’ has true market value to the potential home buyers.”

The city of Austin, which NAHB claims is the birthplace of the green building movement, offers many green sites of interest to builders and home buyers. On Sunday, March 14, conference attendees will tours several “green” sites, including Pfeiffer Residence, Hammonds Homes, Heritage Village and Hornsby Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant. These tours aim to highlight the successful application of green building techniques and smart growth development.

Beginning Monday, March 15, conference participants will learn from the best and brightest in the green building field through more than 15 educational sessions, including “Successful Green Building Programs”; “Remodeling it Green”; “Get the Word Out: We’re Green!” and “Latest Trends in Green Building Design.” The sessions aim to provide cutting-edge techniques and technologies to help builders and developers develop, build, remodel and market greener homes.

“Home builders and home buyers will discover that taking ‘green’ to the mainstream has tremendous economic and environmental benefits, said Tonjes. “Through the efforts of NAHB and its members, new homes today are twice as energy-efficient as they were 30 years ago. At this conference, our industry will highlight the green building techniques and technology that will improve homes for the next 30 years.”

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