National Green Building Standard
The NAHB Research Center Green Certification Program
The NAHB Research Center continually updates the number of homes, MF units and developments certified under the National Green Building Standard: See Certification Activity in Real Time; For state-specific information, click here (although only those projects chosen by the builder to be listed are noted; for various reasons some clients want to remain unlisted); For more information, go to www.nahbgreen.org
- Get Ready for the 2012 National Green Building Standard (10-26-12)
- Transition to the 2012 NGBS - Frequently Asked Questions (10-26-12)
- Rating System Overview - The National Green Building Standard (ICC 700-2008) is the first residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval. The four threshold levels - Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald - allow builders to achieve entry-level green building, or the highest level of sustainable "green" building incorporating energy savings of 60% or more. Single-family & multi-unit homes, residential remodeling projects, and site developments are all covered in the Standard. The standard covers seven areas: lot design and preparation; resource efficiency; energy efficiency; water efficiency; indoor environmental quality and comfort; operation, maintenance, and homeowner education; and global impact. Note: the predecessor voluntary Green Building "Guidelines" will be phased out in late 2010, to be entirely replaced with the National Green Building Standard.
- Purchase the National Green Building StandardTM (NGBS) by clicking on the image below. At the BuilderBooks site, click on Codes & Regulations and follow the links to purchase.
- The program includes an online Green Scoring Tool that allows builders and consumers to gauge how green their projects will be (you can also download at the scoring tool site an Excel spreadsheet to score your homes offline).
- Verifier training and accreditation to insure that certification is accurate, consistent, neutral, and technically rigorous. Interested in becoming a verifier? Click here.
- Simple 2-page flyers explaining the NAHB Research Center's National Green Building Certification program:
- The 2012 edition of the National Green Building Standard is under development.
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative Supports National Green Building Certification for Habitat for Humanity Homes (11-7-11)