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Mike Collignon

Mike Collignon, author of our Code Watch, is Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Green Builder Coalition, a not-for-profit association dedicated to amplifying the voice of green builders and professionals to drive advocacy and education for more sustainable homebuilding practices.
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Anti-Immigration Politics Make Labor Shortages Worse for Builders

Posted by Mike Collignon

Oct 18, 2016 8:35:01 PM

Britain’s Brexit-induced labor woes suggest that similar policies in the U.S. would hurt the industry.

IF YOU PICKED UP a newspaper, read news headlines on the Internet or even visited any social media channels near the end of June, you probably heard about Brexit—the British exit from the European Union. While the pros and cons have been discussed ad nauseam, what hasn’t received much coverage is the effect on the homebuilding industry.

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Bill Amends Utah’s Energy Conservation Code

Posted by Mike Collignon

Jun 14, 2016 10:55:35 AM

Complete Streets Improves Communities’ Non-Vehicular Accessibility

Launched by the National Complete Streets Coalition in 2004, Complete Streets integrates people and places in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of transportation networks. The coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that:

  • ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities;
  • balance the needs of different modes of transportation;
  • and support local land uses, economies, cultures and natural environments.

While the National Complete Streets Coalition offers policy suggestions, they are quick to point out there are many different designs in use and the community should determine what is most relevant to its needs. To date, more than 900 policies from more than 730 agencies at the local, regional and state levels have adopted Complete Streets policies nationwide. To find a community with Complete Streets near you, visit the Coalition’s Policy Atlas.

For more information, visit www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

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New Mexico Allows WERS Program for Sustainable Building Tax Credit Compliance

Posted by Mike Collignon

Mar 2, 2016 10:33:07 AM

Increase in water efficiency requirement for sustainable building tax credit leads to WERS Program inclusion in compliance path for water.

SINCE 2009, the state of New Mexico has offered a sustainable building tax credit to its builders. It has been a strong driver of sustainable homebuilding throughout the state. The program, operated by Build Green New Mexico, is both very popular and lucrative, with a maximum tax credit of $13,000 per house. So it was no surprise that the program ran out of money well ahead of schedule. When the state legislature was asked to extend the tax credit, state politicians stipulated that the water efficiency requirement be increased.

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Evolve Technologies Joins WERS – Manufacturer Program

Posted by Mike Collignon

Feb 16, 2016 9:07:13 AM

Evolve Technologies seeks to reduce behaviorally driven water waste without requiring behavior change.

Improving showerhead efficiency and overall water conservation are two well-known strategies for addressing water supply issues. However, there’s a third strategy that Evolve Technologies is tackling head on: reducing behaviorally driven water waste without requiring behavior change. Their innovative ShowerStart Technology not only reduces water waste, but also enhances comfort and confidence while improving fixture quality and aesthetics.

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NAHB Passes Resolution Supporting Voluntary Water Efficiency Measures

Posted by Mike Collignon

Jan 26, 2016 1:08:29 PM

Resolution provides state and local homebuilder associations the guidance necessary as they develop their own local water conservation policies.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS’ Board of Directors passed a resolution on January 21, 2016 supporting voluntary water efficiency measures. The resolution provides state and local homebuilders associations the guidance necessary as they develop their own local water conservation policies.

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