October 4, 2010
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Green Building
Alfred State Students Building Showcase Home to National Green Building Standard

Students enrolled in the construction-related curriculums at New York’s Alfred State College, the State University of New York’s College of Technology, are building a 2,260 square-foot Green Home showcase on the Applied Technology campus in Wellsville.

The students are using the skills they have learned in the school’s architectural technology, building trades (including building construction, masonry, heavy equipment operations, and air conditioning and heating technology) and electrical construction and maintenance electrician programs.

Jointly funded by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., and the Appalachian Regional Commission, the architectural plans purchased for the model home were modified by Alfred State architecture students to meet Energy Star certification requirements and the National Green Building Standard.

Alfred State College said it has taken a leadership role in the instruction of the green building technology being integrated into the project because high energy costs, climate change and sustainability have become global concerns.

The home is designed to give the public and business and industry the opportunity to see how green building technology can be incorporated into homes to alleviate energy costs.

Design and building considerations include:

  • Resource efficiency to reduce materials and waste, enhance durability and reduce maintenance — including using recycled, renewable and resource-efficient materials and recycling construction waste

  • An integrated and comprehensive approach to energy efficiency — in the design of the building site, the building envelope and the mechanical space conditioning systems, including renewable energy for heating and cooling through geothermal, photovoltaic, solar thermal and small wind turbines

  • Water efficiency in indoor and outdoor water use

  • Indoor environmental quality by minimizing potential sources of pollutants, managing potential pollutants generated in the home and managing moisture related to vapor, rainwater, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning

  • Home owner education manuals on operating and managing the home

The one-story, ranch-style Green Home will also serve as a laboratory for students doing advanced course work and will provide executive offices and guest housing on the campus — with a conference room, three bedrooms and four full baths.

For more information e-mail Anne Holtz at the NAHB Research Center, or call her at 800-638-8556.

'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.

'National Green Building Standard Commentary' Available at BuilderBooks.com

The "National Green Building Standard Commentary," available through BuilderBooks.com and a companion to the ANSI approved "National Green Building Standard," that provides valuable insight to the intention and implementations of the practices and provisions found in the green building standard.

The "Commentary" is a useful resource for any designer or builder using the ICC 700-2008 as a rating system for developing or renovating residential properties of all types to reduce their relative impact.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

More Than 5,000 People Have Earned Their Certified Green Professional (CGP) Designation

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 5,400 people have earned the CGP designation to date.

For more information, visit www.nahb.org/CGPinfo.

'Build Green and Save’ Available at BuilderBooks.com

Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line,” available through BuilderBooks.com, is a comprehensive, easy-to-read reference that shows builders how to identify and select green building materials; implement green construction techniques; explain the benefits of green housing and offer affordable green building solutions to consumers; and use resources wisely and reduce water and energy consumption.

To view or purchase this publication online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.

For answers to questions about National Green Building Certification by the NAHB Research Center, certification to the standard or the guideline sunset, complete and submit the Contact Us form on the NAHBGreen website.

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