March 21, 2011
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Consensus Committee Selected for National Green Building Standard 2012 Update

The NAHB Research Center recently announced appointments to the consensus committee for the next version (2012) of the National Green Building Standard.

The standard is being developed by NAHB, in cooperation with the International Code Council (ICC). The Research Center, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards developer, is serving as the secretariat, or administrator, of the ANSI-approved standard development process.

The Research Center issued a call for committee members in November, and applications were received through Jan. 16.

“Green building is not a passing fad,” said Don Pratt, chairman of the consensus committee. “It’s a way of doing business that makes sense for builders, consumers and the environment.”

“We need to continue providing our industry with the best implementation platform to build green that is practical, accessible, credible and applicable across various markets. The National Green Building Standard, created through a true consensus process, allows us to do that,” Pratt said.

Similar to the make-up of the original committee convened to develop the 2008 version of the standard, the committee for the 2012 updated version includes government officials, advocacy groups, home builders, product manufacturer association representatives and other industry stakeholders in residential construction.

The organizations represented on the consensus committee and their primary representatives are:

  • Air Barrier Association of America, Inc. — Laverne Dalgleish
  • Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute — Frank A. Stanonik
  • American Gas Association — Ted Arthur Williams
  • American Institute of Architects — David S. Collins, FAIA
  • American Wood Council — Kenneth Bland
  • Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers — Matthew Brian Williams
  • BOMA International — Ron Burton
  • BME Associates — Bruce G. Boncke
  • C.F. Evans & Company — Adrian "Rusty" Ross
  • CECS of Michigan, LLC — Donald L. Pratt (committee chair)
  • City of Denton, Texas — Kurt Hansen
  • City of Keene, N.H. — Medard Kopczynski
  • City of Longmont, Colo. — Chris Allison
  • City of Scottsdale, Ariz. — Anthony C. Floyd
  • ConSol — Michael G. Hodgson
  • Edison Electric Institute — Steven Rosenstock
  • Enterprise Community Partners — Emily Mitchell
  • Environmental Solutions Group — Steven Armstrong
  • Forest City Land Group — William Sanderson
  • GREENGUARD Environmental Institute — Josh Jacobs
  • Habitat for Humanity International — Matt Clark
  • Memphis Land Bank, Inc. — Molly A. Beard
  • National Multi Housing Council — Paula Cino
  • North American Insulation Manufacturers Association — Charles C. Cottrell
  • NVR Inc. — Christine A. Phillips
  • Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association — Michael Cudahy
  • Portland Cement Association — Donn C. Thompson, AIA, CGP, LEED
  • Ray Tonjes Builder, Inc. — Ray Tonjes (committee vice chair)
  • State of California, Department of Housing and Community Development — Doug Hensel
  • State of New Jersey, Division of Codes and Standards — Darren Molnar-Port
  • Steel Framing Alliance — Maribeth S. Rizzuto
  • Steve Easley & Associates — Steve Easley
  • U.S. Army — Deborah Reynolds
  • U.S. Department of Energy — Robert Dewey
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development — Stockton Williams
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Lee S. Sobel
  • U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory — Michael A. Ritter
  • Verdatek Solutions LLC — Matthew Belcher
  • Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. — Matthew Dobson
  • Winchester Homes, Inc. — Randall K. Melvin
  • Window & Door Manufacturers Association — Jeff Inks

Committee chairman Pratt, of Auburn Hills, Mich., has nearly 40 years of experience in the home building industry. He is a Registered Building Code Official, a voting member of the ICC and has chaired the Michigan Construction Code Commission for 10 years.

Tonjes, the vice chair, is from Austin, Texas, and has been an energy-efficient, high-performance home builder for more than four decades. He was one of the first Energy Star builders in Austin and has been an active member of the country's oldest green building program — Austin Energy Green Building — begun in 1990.

“In the little over two years that it has been available as a green rating system, the National Green Building Standard has already had a dramatic and positive impact on our industry and our ability to provide truly green homes consistently across the country,” Tonjes said.

“Now, with the committee reconvening, we have an opportunity to look at the feedback we received from the marketplace and update the standard to ensure it stays relevant in the changing regulatory arena and is based on the most recent technical information,” he added.

Committee members have been assigned to task groups, each focusing on a different area of the standard — such as energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and lot and site development. The task group appointments were supplemented with other stakeholders and interests parties who wanted to be involved in the standard’s development process.

A complete list of all task group appointments is available online at

Consensus committee secretary Vladimir Kochkin, of the Research Center, anticipates a fair and rigorous debate on proposed changes to the standard.

“We have the benefit of having a number of returning committee and task group members from the last development cycle to provide continuity to the process, as well as many new members to provide a fresh perspective,” said Kochkin. “No other green rating system for this industry has been created with such a diversity of interests represented during the process.”

The consensus committee will conduct three meetings at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., this year.

The first meeting, scheduled for March 29-30, will serve to orient all participants on the process, initiate task group review of the proposed changes and discuss options for direction on several key areas covered by the standard.

At the second meeting, scheduled for June, members will review all proposed changes to the standard and decide the formal committee action on each of them. After balloting on the committee actions has been completed, a draft of the 2012 standard will be released for public comment.

At the third meeting (dates to be determined), consensus committee members will consider, discuss and then take formal action on the public comments submitted on the draft standard.

Once the committee has completed its work, the newly updated National Green Building Standard will be submitted to ANSI for approval in 2012.

Initiated originally in 2007 by the International Code Council and NAHB, the 2008 National Green Building Standard was developed by a 42-member consensus committee and approved by ANSI in January 2009 — making it the first point-based rating system for green residential construction, remodeling and land development to be approved by ANSI.

As an ANSI-approved standard, the document is subject to periodic updates to ensure that advances in building codes, technology and other developments can be considered for incorporation.

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