NAHB’s Model Green Guidelines Making News
Coinciding with Earth Day earlier this month, NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines have been featured in major newspapers across the country.
The voluntary guidelines, introduced at the International Builders’ Show in January, are designed to move environmentally friendly home building concepts further into the mainstream. NAHB has partnered with the Green Building Initiative to help facilitate the adoption of green home building practices and the formation of additional local green building programs.
Below are highlights of the articles:
- The Kansas City Star reported that “environmentally-friendly housing initiatives began 30 years ago, but in the last few years, the ‘green’ factor has become one of the most significant developments in the industry.” By examining a local green-built house, the story explored the main tenets of green building, including site conservation, recycling, energy consumption and indoor air quality.
- In a lengthy Chicago Tribune feature on the green building movement in Chicago, Ray Tonjes, chairman of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee, explained how NAHB developed the voluntary green building guidelines “in a fast-track effort over the last year as a response to an increased interest in conservation and good stewardship.”
- A three-page Washington Post feature observed that the “outlook for what is called ‘green building’ … is the sunniest it has ever been, according to advocates and housing experts.” The story was accompanied by a list of green building resources, including those from NAHB. The story was reprinted in the San Jose Mercury News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune and the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
- Reporting from NAHB’s National Green Building Conference, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that “green is no longer an enterprise of sheer idealism. It is a business choice.” The story featured views from conference attendees, and focused on the economic impacts and benefits of building green. The Chicago Tribune and Canada’s Globe and Mail also ran versions of the story.
For more information on NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines, go to www.nahb.org/gbg; or e-mail Marie Yarroll at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8132.
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