NAHB Launches Green Building Program

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The International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida was the scene of the big reveal for the National Association of Home Builders’ new, voluntary green building program yesterday. The association created the guidelines for builders and developers who want their projects to receive certification for adhering to a set of green standards.nahb-logo.gif

There are seven areas that builders must concentrate on: lot preparation, resource efficiency, water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environment quality, operations/maintenance/homeowner education, and global impact. Builders must also submit a $150 verification fee, as well as hire verifiers who have been trained by the NAHB to receive certification.

According to an article at, the NAHB’s program-whose standard will be known as NAHB ICC-700 and is expected to receive ANSI approval by May-would be comparable, in its certification stringency to LEED, and would be more cost effective. It looks like the U.S. Green Building Council has a little competition. It’s all for a common good at least!

Tag(s): Events, Going Green, Green Building


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