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Study Shows More Home Builders Adopting Green Building Practices, Products

A new study finds a marked increase in the number of home builders embracing eco-conscious, sustainable practices and products

 


February 27, 2024
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Findings from the latest in a series of studies conducted by Dodge Construction Network and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) show home builders and remodelers across the U.S. are increasingly adopting sustainable building products and practices that conserve water, energy, and materials. 

The "Building Sustainably: Green & Resilient Single-Family Homes 2024" SmartMarket Brief asked 250 home builders and remodelers about their use of particular products and practices and examines what factors currently motivate builders to build green and what factors would prompt them to adopt more sustainable building practices and products in the future. For the first time since the study's inception in 2006, the survey also asked respondents about specific practices that increase home resilience in the face of more severe weather events.

The report shows there has been an uptick in the adoption of green building products and practices since the survey was last conducted in 2019, signaling a marked shift toward greater sustainability among home builders in particular.

Average increases from 2019 to 2024:

Water conservation rose 9 percentage points
Materials and resources conservation increased by 12 percentage points
Energy efficiency surged 17 percentage points

See the report

 

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