Participants Sought for Green Building Standard Committee
To support a new effort of NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC) to create a voluntary green building standard, the NAHB Research Center is seeking participants to join the ANSI consensus committee for the standard development process.
The Research Center is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer for American National Standards (ANS) and will serve as secretariat for these development activities, which will follow rules and procedures in accordance with ANSI’s requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process.
NAHB and ICC have announced their agreement to develop and publish a residential green building standard based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines. This standard will provide a common benchmark for recognizing and rewarding green residential design, development and construction practices in a manner that is transparent, verifiable and meaningful to builders, product manufacturers and consumers.
Members of the consensus committee will play a pivotal role in the creation of this standard which, when completed, can be adopted by local green home builidng programs or local building departments as a conformance guide.
Applications for consensus committee membership are now being accepted by the NAHB Research Center, and must be received by Saturday, March 10 in order to be considered. The initial meeting of the consensus committee will tentatively take place in late April.
Visit www.nahbrc.org/GBStandard for information related to the development process or to download an application for committee membership. The entire process, from the formation of the consensus committee to public review and final ANSI approval, is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.
For more information on the standard development process or the NAHB Research Center’s other standards-related activities, call 800-638-8556, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free NAHB Environmental Stewardship Brochure Available
“Stewardship: The NAHB Environmental Issues Committee at Work” is a free, new brochure available from NAHB that outlines the environmental issues the committee — working with NAHB’s environmental, regulatory and legal staff — has faced and what the committee did to help preserve needed environmental balance.
The committee’s work is central to the NAHB mission as federal, state and local agencies enact myriad rules and regulations that erode housing affordability while providing dubious benefit.
By developing, implementing and completing research strategies, NAHB has created and reinforced its role of advising and directing regulators’ activities and pursuing reform.
Bulk copies of the brochure are available free to environmental committees and others interested in learning more about the home building industry's environmental stewardship efforts.
Click here to view the brochure. To order free copies, e-mail Delecia Jenkins at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8163.
Save the Date for 2007 National Green Building Conference
Mark your calendar for March 25-27 for the National Green Building Conference.
Click here for conference information, or visit www.nahb.org/greenbuilding on the NAHB Web site to learn more about green building.