35 Local Green Home Building Programs Join NAHBGreen
The NAHBGreen network almost tripled in size when the NAHB National Green Building Program at the start of this month welcomed 35 new state and local home builders associations and their green certification and education programs.
NAHBGreen continues to gain momentum across the U.S. as home builders incorporate more sustainable features in new homes in response to consumer demand, said NAHB Chairman Joe Robson.
“NAHBGreen provides home buyers with the assurance that their new home has been built to a national benchmark for sustainable, environmentally-friendly construction with features that are also designed to save them money throughout the life of their home,” Robson said. “I’m proud to welcome these state and local affiliates to this growing network.”
The new affiliates include longstanding green building programs such as Build Green of King and Snohomish Counties in Washington, which has certified more than 13,000 homes since its founding in 1997, and new programs such as the green council formed by the Carbon Builders Association in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
In addition to serving as a conduit for home builders or buyers seeking National Green Building Certification, NAHBGreen affiliates also educate their members and provide special green events for consumers, such as expos or parades of homes highlighting green construction.
“By providing a nationally recognized third-party inspection and certification program, educational resources and industry recognition, NAHBGreen delivers value to our builders and their buyers,” Robson said.
Green building is more dynamic and more responsive to consumers’ needs when it is voluntary, flexible and regionally appropriate, he pointed out.
“NAHBGreen is a market-driven program,” Robson said. “Five of the top 10 home features most frequently rated as ‘desirable or essential/must have’ in NAHB’s latest Consumer Preference Survey were energy-related. These included a high level of insulation, equipment-based energy saving measures and Energy-Star-rated windows, among others.”
NAHBGreen also includes the Certified Green Professional educational designation, which has been earned by more than 2,000 builders, remodelers and other industry members; education and networking opportunities like the NAHB National Green Building Conference, which will celebrate its 11th anniversary May 8-10 in Dallas; and National Green Building Certification and verifier training from the NAHB Research Center.
In addition to the Washington program, among the new affiliates are five long-established residential green building programs, including:
Other NAHBGreen affiliates include:
- Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama Builders Association
- California Building Industry Association
- Home Builders Association of Connecticut
- Home Builders Association of Delaware
- Tallahassee Builders Association, Florida
- Florida Home Builders Association
- Northern Idaho Builders and Contractors Association
- Builders Association of Kosciusko-Fulton County, Indiana
- Indy Green Build, Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis
- Green Build Indiana, Indiana Builders Association, Inc.
- Green Build Kansas, Kansas Building Industry Association
- Topeka Home Builders Association, Kansas
- Crescent City Green, Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans
- Home Builders Association of Western Massachusetts
- Green Build Grand Traverse, Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse, Michigan
- Little Traverse Association of Home Builders, Michigan
- Green Built Michigan, Michigan Association of Home Builders
- Home Builders Association of Jackson, Mississippi
- Home Builders Association of Mississippi
- Central Missouri Green Built Program, Home Builders Association of Jefferson City and Central Missouri Building Industry Association
- Home Builders Association of Springfield, Missouri
- Missoula Green Building Initiative, Missoula Home Building Association, Montana
- Montana Green Building Program, Montana Building Industry Association
- Southern Nevada Home Builders Association
- Build Green New Hampshire, Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire
- Build Green New Jersey, New Jersey Builders Association
- New York State Builders Association
- Carteret County Home Builders Association, North Carolina
- Home Builders Association of Gaston County, North Carolina
- Green Built Council, Greenville-Pitt County Home Builders Association, North Carolina
- Haywood County Home Builders Association, North Carolina
- Triad Green Building Council, Greensboro Builders Association, North Carolina
- Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association, North Carolina
- Building Industry Association of Central Ohio
- Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Home Builders Association
- Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania
- Keystone Green Building Initiative, Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania
- Lackawanna Home Builders Association Building & Living Green Program, Pennsylvania
- Lowcountry Green Building Alliance, Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association, South Carolina
- Johnson City Home Builders Association, Tennessee
- Green Building Council, Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee
- Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Vermont
- Fredericksburg Area Builder Association, Virginia
- Northern Virginia Building Industry Association
- Building Industry Association of Clark County, Washington
- Central Washington Home Builders Association
- Green-Built Home, Madison Area Builders Association, Wisconsin
For more information, e-mail Kevin Morrow at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8375.
‘National Green Building Standard’ Available at BuilderBooks.com
“The National Green Building Standard,” available through BuilderBooks.com, provides “green” practices that can be incorporated into multifamily and single-family new home construction, home remodeling and additions and site development.
The standard covers lot design, resource, energy and water efficiency; indoor environment quality; and owner education.
Currently the first and only ANSI-approved green building rating system, the National Green Building Standard is the benchmark for green homes.
To view or purchase this publication online, click here.
The Future of Residential Construction Is Green
The Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation teaches builders, remodelers and other industry professionals techniques for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.
Earning the CGP demonstrates to clients and peers your commitment to the best and latest in green building practices and techniques. More than 1,000 people have earned the CGPdesignation to date.
For more information, visit www.nahb.org/CGPinfo.
Attend the National Green Building Conference in Dallas
Attend the 2009 National Green Building Conference in Dallas on May 10-13 to learn more about the critical paths to green building, and to participate in interactive sessions and be part of the driving force for the green building and remodeling markets.
For more information and to sign up to be notified when registration opens, visit www.nahb.org/GreenBuildingConference.
‘Building Greener Neighborhoods’ Available at BuilderBooks.com
“Building Greener Neighborhoods,” available through Digital Delivery at BuilderBooks.com, shows those involved in building new communities the advantages and rewards of saving, planting and transplanting more trees in their developments.
The examples are drawn from decades of experience of land developers, home builders and urban foresters.
To download this publication in a PDF format, click here, or call 800-223-2665.
‘Profit from Building Green’ Available at BuilderBooks.com
“Profit from Building Green — Award-Winning Tips to Build Energy Efficient Homes,” available through BuilderBooks.com, showcases what energy conscious award-winning builders are doing, provides innovative energy-efficient features and covers successful techniques for building this niche market.
To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.