June Trends Show Robust Growth in Both Housing Supply and Demand

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe June Trends Show Robust Growth in Both Housing Supply and Demand Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: Housing Demand Housing Market Housing Supply Realtor.com Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago July 7, 2015 1,452 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Groups File Amicus Briefs on Behalf of Investors in GSE Profits Lawsuit Next: House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing On Banks Designated as ‘Systemically Important’ Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / June Trends Show Robust Growth in Both Housing Supply and Demand Housing Demand Housing Market Housing Supply Realtor.com 2015-07-07 Brian Honea Share Save Robust growth in demand for housing as well as supply are helping the housing market to maintain spring momentum and boost sales for the summer, according to Realtor.com’s Advance Read on June Trends report released Tuesday.Realtor.com’s report found that a 4 percent month-over-month increase in supply and demand for housing helped home sales maintain their spring momentum into the June. The “advance read” report covers residential supply and demand trends during the first three weeks of each month.”Factors lending themselves to the market’s upswing are the psychological effect of recently increased mortgage rates as well as the specter of the Fed raising interest rates later this year,” Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “Although demand has been strong all year, in June we’re finally beginning to see an uptick in supply as sellers become more confident about home prices.”The increasing number of first-time homebuyers is another factor driving up the demand for housing, according to Realtor.com. Many of those first-time buyers are millennials who have been sidelined by the challenging market conditions; Realtor.com reported in a survey of site visitors in June that 65 percent of older millennials (those ages 25 to 34) stated their intention to purchase a home within three months – a year-over-year increase of 12 percent.Realtor.com found that due to tight housing supply and economic-powered demand growth, California dominated the list of “hottest” housing markets in the nation in June with five markets in the top 10 and eight markets in the top 20. San Francisco moved into the top position in June, taking over for Denver, which ranked first in May but fell to third. Vallejo-Fairfield, California, moved up from fifth in May to second in June. Other California markets ranking in the top 10 were Santa Rose (fourth), San Jose (sixth), and Santa Cruz (10th).Texas had the second-most markets on the top 20 “hottest” list with four. At fifth, Dallas-Fort Worth was the highest-ranking Texas market. Realtor.com ranked the “hottest” markets based on number of views per listing on its website and the median age of housing inventory.last_img read more

Hopes to have full NCT tests restored to Carndonagh this week

first_img WhatsApp Hopes to have full NCT tests restored to Carndonagh this week Previous articleResidents in Inishowen impacted by water outageNext articleDonegal should move out of Level 5 next week, says Minister News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Drainage works are underway on the site of the NCT Centre in Carndonagh with hopes to have tests fully operational by the end of the week. It was revealed on Highland Radio last week that flooding problems at the centre were resulting in only part of the NCT tests being conducted in Carndonagh, with people having to travel to Letterkenny for the remainder.Tests have been cancelled for the next couple of days and will be rescheduled once the work is finished to ensure people don’t have to travel to Letterkenny.Local Cllr Martin McDermott says with a backlog in tests countywide due to the pandemic, it’s imperative that issues are resolved by weeks end:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/martainnct.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – November 24, 2020 center_img Twitter Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Police Commissioner cleared of rape charges in Guyana

first_imgPolice Commissioner, Henry Green is a happy man today after a High Court ruled in his favour on a rape charge.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday April 2, 2012 – Police Commissioner, Henry Green is a happy man today after a High Court ruled in his favour on a rape charge.Green was accused of raping a 34-year-old woman at gunpoint on November 22 last year in a hotel room after she sought his assistance in dealing with an unrelated police matter.According to reports, the court ruled that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) failed to make a realistic assessment of the credibility of the complainant.The court charged that the DPP’s decision to prosecute was unlawful as legally admissible statements were used to inform the decision to prosecute.In a 64-page statement, the country’s Chief Justice, Ian Chang said there were a number of inconsistencies in the woman’s statement, and stressed that these needed to be present for a case to be made.Caribbean 360 News Share Share 51 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Police Commissioner cleared of rape charges in Guyana by: – April 2, 2012 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Nagamootoo has betrayed all his ideals (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,As Moses Nagamootoo will belt out another tune on the Parliament floor, I thought it wise to look at some of the other tunes he sung before in the hallowed chamber.The Prime Minister will make a lot of hay about the size of the Budget – $300.7 billion – the biggest in our nation’s history. But while he will express pleasure about that fact, at the same time he will not say that tax revenues have also risen exponentially too. It has been pointed out that between 2014 and 2019, tax revenues are expected to go up by $88 billion, a 64.5 per cent increase. But more than that, using 2014 as the base year, increases in tax revenues will see Treasury receiving just over $210 billion.That large sum has been removed, whether directly or indirectly, from the pockets of our people. This, in itself, is a staggering sum especially when one considers the short time that has gone by. Through my research, I found Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, then as an Opposition MP, in his 2012 Budget debate contribution saying “…take the money that you have increase from [ValueAdded Tax] VAT and give it to the pensioners, give it to the workers, and give it to the people who deserve social assistance. That is the proof of growth. It must be people centred”. These are indeed good suggestions and I ask the Prime Minister what has happened now?The Prime Minister in that speech too said “[i]t must be the duty of this National Assembly, not the Opposition but as a whole, to lower unjustified spending, to lower our national debt and to lower our fiscal deficit”.Again indeed insightful words from our ‘indomitable’ First Vice President. But with those words in mind, it is, therefore, lamentable that Ram and McRae, in its 2019 Budget focus, pointed out that the Budget will record “…an overall deficit of $52.1 billion”.It, therefore, means the Government will have to borrow, whether domestically or internationally, 17.3 per cent of the budgeted expenditure which will have to be paid back with interest, tomorrow and the days after that.The Prime Minister in his 2013 Budget address regarding VAT championed an “…enlargement of the zero-rated basket”. But again, the Prime Minister seemed to have forgotten what he said, as his Government reduced the zero-rated basket and now Guyanese have to pay VAT on previously exempted and zero-rated items.In fact during his stint as Prime Minister, VAT revenues are estimated to go up from $37.3 billion in 2014 to $54.3 billion in 2019. This is a 46 per cent increase. In fact, the Prime Minister in his 2012 address deemed VAT “…the vampire tax…”. Indeed with Nagamootoo at the helm, the tax has become vampiric.The Prime Minister in his 2014 Budget contribution expressed his anxiety about using “our foreign reserves to keep the exchange rate in check…”. But Ram and McRae informed “[g]ross external reserves of Bank of Guyana at the end of 2018 projected at US$477 million, a decrease from US$581.0 million in 2017, or 17.9 per cent.This represents 2.5 months of import cover”. It seems that the Prime Minister was prophetic, as it appears, that this is what his Government is doing. In fact, our reserves have sunk below the acceptable international threshold of three months import cover. This is a matter, I believe, that has not been getting the attention it rightly deserves.So, those are just some of what the Prime Minister has said before. But as it goes to show, actions are indeed louder than words. Today, the hope the Prime Minister created prior to his election to his high office has been exposed as a mere smokescreen. The Guyanese people, clearly have been deceived.Yours sincerely,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

Eureka Loggers snap 15-game losing streak to Arcata Tigers with straight-set win

first_img“It’s been a long time since Eureka beat Arcata,” said Eureka’s … Arcata >> When you talk about Humboldt-Del Norte League Big 5 volleyball, two school’s have been at the forefront for a long time — Arcata and Del Norte. Not anymore.After a convincing 3-0 win over Arcata, the Eureka Loggers made a statement: They’ve arrived. Eureka brought its A-game on Tuesday, beating the Tigers for the first time since the 2012 season with a 26-24, 25-23 and 25-19 victory at Arcata High School.last_img

Crabs wrap season with 3-game sweep

first_imgBronson Grubbs had a game-high four hits and three RBIs in the Humboldt Crabs season finale as the Crabs defeated the visiting Bay Area Blues 19-6 Sunday afternoon at the Arcata Ballpark.“A great group of guys up and down the roster,” Crabs manager Robin Guiver said. “They came to play the right way.”The win on Sunday was the in a fourth win in a row for the Crabs (37-10), who swept the Blues in three games. They outscord the Blues 40-16 over the three games.The Crabs scored their first run …last_img

Trade, not aid, say youth

first_imgDr Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, left, with Minister Alexander Stubb of Finland. Mandela foundation CEO Achmat Dangor urged Africa’syoung people to make the future their own.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo MakgamatheBrand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• Pupils get a lesson on dignity• Empowering young people in SA• All aboard the Youth Express• Rewarding youth excellenceJanine ErasmusSouthern Africa is hosting a business delegation led by the Finnish minister of European affairs and foreign trade, Alexander Stubb. The emphasis of the trip is to promote exports and boost Finnish businesses already operating in Southern Africa, while looking for new opportunities.Stubb and his delegation are currently in Windhoek, Namibia. In South Africa they visited Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, where they met Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and the ministers of transport and higher education, among others.The visit was put together by global organisation Finpro, which promotes and supports Finnish companies in international markets, including South Africa. The company’s local offices are in Johannesburg.Other members of the delegation include Jussi Pajunen, the mayor of Helsinki, and representatives from the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Nokia Siemens Networks, and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, among others.In Cape Town, the delegation took part in Helsinki Meets Cape Town, an event with a focus on the Mother City as the world design capital 2014 – Helsinki had this honour in 2012. The event is expected to provide more opportunities for partnerships between the two countries through a series of workshops, discussions and social gatherings where experiences from 2012 were shared whilst building anticipation for 2014.Other participants in the Cape Town event included Finpro, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Aalto University, and Finnish and local companies.South Africa is one of Finland’s top trading partners outside the OECD countries, a 34-nation group known as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In terms of imports and exports, the country is Finland’s biggest trade partner in Africa.Trade is also growing between Finland and Namibia, with the annual value of Finnish exports to Namibia standing at about US$3.2-million (R28-million) over the last few years.From alienation to cooperationIn Johannesburg Stubb visited the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which is currently undergoing renovations that will see the premises, originally Mandela’s post-presidential office, turned into a public facility with a library, discussion venue, permanent exhibition and state-of-the-art archive for the hundreds of priceless items held there.At a gathering later the same day, Stubb and his delegation took part in a discussion with the theme Africa-European economic relations: from alienation to cooperation.The dialogue was facilitated by Brand South Africa, with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, as part of Brand South Africa’s Shape the Future initiative. A number of students, among them Mandela Rhodes scholars, were also present.“There has been another shift in world politics,” said Stubb, explaining that the first major shifts came after the Second World War and the end of the Cold War. “Now we have a multipolar world, with numerous blocs such as Brics, the G8, G20, Old Russia, Southeast Asia, and so we have to adapt our trade and foreign policies accordingly. I welcome this.”The makeup of the global economy is also changing, said Stubb – currently the US contributes 23%, China contributes 10% and Africa just 2%, but this will change. The world won’t always be dominated by the West.“South Africa is one of the EU’s strategic partners, and Africa is the place where the future lies,” he said. “We in the West need to understand this.”But Africa has historically been alienated from the West because of the policies of interaction driven by paternalism, exploitation and colonialism, whereas they should be driven by cooperation.“We need to link Africa and Europe with what I call a dignified foreign policy,” Stubb asserted. “One that does not have conditions attached or that is driven by the country’s own agenda.”It’s up to the youthThe topic of conversation then turned to Africa’s young people.“Within 10 years, 60% of Africans will be under the age of 35,” said Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “These are the people in which we need to invest – they literally have the future in their hands.”He said that Africans themselves must create an enabling environment for proper investment from the West and the accountable use of funding, but this means that Africans need to change the way they view themselves, so that developed nations will follow suit.“It would be wrong for us to turn away development aid,” said Dangor. “We don’t have 60 years to build up a strong regional bloc, like the EU had.”It’s up to young people to take the lead, he said.Stubb agreed, saying that he personally believed that leaders should not hang on to their posts for decades, but should relinquish them within a reasonable time so that the government does not grow stale and that young ideas are always available.Invest in us, say young peopleYoung Africans at the event then took the floor, identifying several issues that, they felt, were holding the continent back.Among these were the perceived lack of capacity for efficient project and financial management in governments; the fact that foreign aid has, in some cases, had a negative effect because it has not been managed properly or has been used as a political tool; and the continuing conflicts in many countries, which hamper young people and prevent them from becoming empowered.The issue of corruption was also raised, with some saying that all the education in the world won’t help if leaders are taking backhanders from overseas.“What can the EU do for African youth in these matters?” they asked.Impressed that Africa’s young people were so insightful and aware of the challenges facing them, Stubb promised to take their concerns to heart once he was back home. In the meantime he named certain lessons that his own country had learned, sometimes the hard way, which he felt could work in the African context too.“When we went into recession in the 1990s, we had to rethink our policies,” he said. “We poured money into education and research and development, especially in ICT – this has led to the dominance of companies such as Nokia, although that is not so much the case today. So we have to reinvent again. We are now interested in clean technology and sustainable development.”Investment in humanities and human capacity was a solution put forward by many – “invest in our education, in science, in the exchange of ideas,” said one attendee.This is the challenge of the next generation, said Dangor – to create an environment where allies such as Finland will feel comfortable to have dealings.Although there wasn’t enough time to properly unpack all the issues and put forward suggestions to tackle them, the evening’s facilitator, Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, promised that there would be follow-up dialogues.last_img read more

Focus on African resources at Mining Indaba

first_imgDelegates at the 20th annual African Mining Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Monday 3 February. (Image: African Mining Indaba)The Investing in African Mining Indaba got off to an energetic start in Cape Town on Monday 3 February, with a number of parallel sessions and a busy exhibition hall.Now in its 20th year, the Mining Indaba is hosting 7 800 delegates at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, representing 110 countries across six continents, with the majority – 61% – from Africa.With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the morning was given over to workshops and discussions focused was on transparency in the extractive industry, and on the scramble for Africa’s resources – the continent accounts for 30% of global resources, much of it untapped.Experts at the indaba agreed it had been a challenging year for mining, with a commodity demand stabilising and prices dropping. But they forecast an uptick globally. There was plenty of growth potential, they said, particularly in China. The message out of the Securities Exchange Panel, for instance, was that a month into 2014 things were “unquestionably getting better” for mining financial markets.Red Door Research’s managing director, Jim Lennon, said in the next five years, “expect recovery in non-Chinese demand. China provides ground to get bullish again about commodities.” China represented almost 50% of the global commodity demand, though there was “no question” we were in a much slower growth period in China, but growth would remain strong in volume terms.China represented close to 50% of demand for commodities, but, he asked: Would the next 50 years be Africa’s period? “Possibly, if challenges are overcome.”David Cox, from analysts SNL Metal Economics Group, had a gloomier outlook, predicting a 15% to 20% decrease for exploration in Africa in 2014. At present, Canada drew 14% of world mineral exploration spending; South Africa only 1%. Spending on exploration was at $2-85-billion, although Africa was still lagging behind Latin America, while Canada continued to lose ground.Worldwide exploration in 2013 was led by Latin America at 26.7%; the rest of world took 16.5%; Africa took 16.5%. Adding copper shifted Africa to second place, however.Some good news came from Professor Magnus Ericsson, executive director at research group IntierraRMG, who said iron ore prices were expected to remain steady well into 2030, hovering around $120. And MoneyGold’s James Turk put the case for a return to gold as money in the 21st century. It retained its purchasing power over a long period, he pointed out.Social compact in miningThe Mining Ministerial Forum, running alongside the indaba, was opened by Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, who focused on the need for a social compact between companies and communities. Africa had high exploration potential, requiring local and international partners and investment to unearth.She called for responsible investment on the continent, “not based on exploitative principles centred solely on expectations for unrealistic rates of returns that are disguised on the principle of high risk – high return. As you know, mining is a long term investment and not about quick wins. Those who balance Africa’s mineral development with growth will ultimately receive the greatest reward in the long term.”Enduring partnerships, community development, nurturing human capacity growth and development, as well as institutional collaboration on joint technology development and deployment were strong themes in her remarks.“We also have to be cognisant of the fact that in order to effectively and comprehensively address the plight of the African continent, a gigantic shift and transformation in traditional mining jurisdictions is required,” the minister said. “This should entail a shift from exporting of largely raw materials to ensuring that minerals serve as a catalyst for accelerated industrialisation through mineral value-addition. This will also require development corridors that are a subject of multi-purpose infrastructure development.”Such investment required partners to agree on a creative win-win formula for financing of infrastructure that would deliver “Africa’s promise” and enable the emergence of a resilient African continent. The outlook for growth in the medium to long term was extremely positive, but Africa must speak with a single voice. “The African Mining Vision is indeed that voice. However, it is important that the Mining Vision be driven and led by Africans, who must ensure that Africa’s mineral resources are exploited in an equitable and optimal manner that underpins a broad-based sustainable inclusive growth and socio-economic development.”‘Make the most of what we’ve got’In his keynote address at the main indaba, Phil Newman, the chief executive of consultancy CRU Strategies, said he was optimistic. “I think we are due another game change.” He was speaking about the changing face of world mineral supply. His key point was that changing mineral supply was not new, and was something that would always change. It was important, however, not to miss it, and to remember that necessity was the mother of invention. “We can all learn from the ability of China to make the most of what we’ve got.”Mineral supply was affected by a number of drivers, two of which were technology and political will, or interference. Technology was going to become more and more important to mining, and innovation was key. He would not make any political predictions, but concluded by saying: “I believe technology will surprise us this decade – if only I knew how.”last_img read more

Boks’ history against Rugby World Cup group rivals

first_imgSouth Africa’s pool B opponents have been called lightweights and easy pickings, but the Springboks know they should not take any of them for granted. Each side has their own strengths and the Boks will need to be at their best. We take a look at South Africa’s records against each of their group opponents. Note that all fixtures are South African standard time.For more on the Springboks, check out:Rugby’s full story: the Springbok Experience Rugby MuseumSouth Africa’s Rugby World Cup journeySouth African ref to kick off Rugby World Cup Click to view larger imagelast_img

Comparing Green Building Rating Systems: LEED or NGBS?

first_imgOTHERS IN THIS SERIES Part 1: The Journey BeginsPart 2: Energy StarPart 3: EarthCraft Part 4: LEED and NGBSPart 5: Comparing the SystemsRELATED CONTENTGreen Primer:What is Green Certification?GBA Encyclopedia:Green Rating Systems for Home BuildingGBA Encyclopedia:LEED for HomesGBA Encyclopedia:National Green Building StandardGBA Encyclopedia:Green Design and PlanningBlogs:Fraudulent GreenBlogs:More Whining About Green Building Programs Two of the green rating programs we’ve mentioned in this blog series are the LEED for Homes program and the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) developed by NAHB. The intent of these two certification programs is similar.For the most part, the points available in each program are similar. The LEED for Homes checklist and spreadsheets are very user-friendly, and there is a decent amount of information on the Web site. We were very surprised that answers to questions about the LEED program came very slowly – it took a very long time to hear back from USGBC. I also felt that USGBC was very proprietary with their information.center_img The NGBS checklist was done online. The Web site was very easy to navigate; most of our questions were answered in the links as we completed each section. However, it was very cumbersome to get through the first time. I think I spent about four hours going through it. It would have been nice to just go directly to a spreadsheet to fill out.I especially liked the sections in NGBS where it named the approved products. (With the LEED for Homes program, on the other hand, I felt like we were reinventing the wheel each time we tried to use a certain product.) Another nice feature of the NGBS Web site is that it incorporates the Builder’s Challenge into their online tool; it tells you every point that is required so you don’t accidentally overlook something.LEED requires more paperworkThe required inspections were nearly much identical – a pre-drywall inspection and a final inspection. The two certification programs have similar documentation requirements, with one exception: the durability checklist required by the LEED for Homes program. This durability checklist seemed a little unnecessary, considering that the information was already on the plans or specs.Creating all of the accountability forms and getting the subs to sign them was a lot of work; LEED for Homes has more monotonous paperwork.Once we sent off our application, it took several weeks for our LEED for Homes application to get approved. In contrast, the NGBS was approved within a few days, and they even processed the Builder’s Challenge certification for us.I’ll say one thing: the LEED for Homes certificate is the nicest I have seen from any of the programs. It came in a nice folder and was designed to look like it had been mounted and framed (even though it was not). The Builder’s Challenge sticker is pretty nice – they put our company logo on it and it has a color HERS scale on it which could be a great marketing tool when trying to explain a home’s HERS Index to a potential buyer.Comparable stringencyAlthough most people think that the LEED for Homes program is much more stringent than the NGBS program, I did not find that to be the case. That may be true only on the bottom rung of each program — if you compare a LEED for Homes Certified home to a NGBS Bronze level home. One of the flaws in the NGBS program is that Energy Star Homes certification is not a prerequisite.Once you rise up the rungs, the two programs are more in line with each other. The LEED for Homes silver, gold, and platinum levels are comparable to the NGBS gold, silver, and emerald levels.Our Platinum LEED home — nicknamed the Mean Lean Dream Green Platinum Level LEED for Homes house — did not get Emerald certification from NGBS, only Gold. So arguably, the NGBS program is more stringent than LEED, although I’m sure if you move the points around you can prove the opposite as well.A nice thing about the NGBS program: as you moved up each level, there were minimum scores for each division. In contract, the LEED for Homes program does not have minimums for each division — allowing you to be point-heavy in one area and weak in another. I believe that overall, the NGBS program results in a more balanced house.Point chasingAt times I did feel like we were just chasing points, but I guess that is just the nature of these programs. There are a few requirements in these programs that are well-intentioned but may not make much sense, depending on where you are building. For example, we went through a lot of work to use locally made lumber; that meant we had to purchase some of our material from different suppliers. As a result, five different companies sent half-loaded trucks to our site rather than one large tractor trailer with all of our material in one trip. I am not sure if we reduced our carbon footprint in that case.Another item that may not have lessened our carbon footprint: since we were trying to get a point for ceiling joists spaced more than 16 in. on center, we had to increase the depth of the ceiling joists. Sso even though we had fewer joists, we needed 2x12s instead of 2x8s — so I am not sure if we really used fewer board feet of lumber. Some would argue that 2x8s can come out of smaller trees than 2x12s — so I’m not sure how much that point-chasing really helped.To me, green building is really about the performance of the building rather than the materials. So, even though rounding up the materials did require a lot of time and effort, I did not lose too much sleep over that stuff.A good sales toolOverall I have enjoyed my green building journey. I have learned a lot, and I feel our company, Kelly McArdle, is building better houses because of it. I like having a third party inspect our homes; it helps protect us and is also a good sales tool. As I had hoped, green building has really set us apart from other custom builders in our area, and we have gotten several jobs as a result of our knowledge and experience in green building.I am constantly amazed that builders and architects who are leaders in the industry understand so little about green building. They are convinced that it is much more complex than it actually is. This new knowledge and experience has also helped get our foot in the door with some people who would not have considered us a few short years ago.After attending some of the recent conferences, it appears that today’s green home is tomorrow’s code-minimum home. What was formerly something that set us apart is going to be required of every home builder. So as not to remain stagnant, you would be advised to get ready to walk, jog and run on your own journey to green.Personally, I’m thinking about what we need to do to fly!Danny Kelly is a co-owner of Kelly McArdle Construction in Charlotte, North Carolina.last_img read more