Orders Brisk for Free Green Building Guidelines Book
Whether to promote their own local green building programs or to pave the way for the creation of a program in the future, 109 local home builders associations responded to NAHB’s offer to send complimentary copies of the Model Green Home Building Guidelines to their offices this month.
Created to help associations launch voluntary green building certification programs, the guidelines have now been reprinted for the second time in support of developing and launching NAHB’s National Green Building Program, an initiative that was approved by the association’s board of directors in June.
The national program will allow NAHB to maintain a leadership position in green building and advocate effectively for cost-effective, market-driven green building in communities around the country. Existing HBA-affiliated programs that are at least as stringent as what is promulgated by the model guidelines will be invited to join the national network.
As part of the budget allocation for the new program, the NAHB board authorized reprinting the guidelines book, which includes residential green building educational information and a checklist for certifying homes.
“In short, the guidelines allow builders to make decisions that positively impact energy efficiency, resource conservation and indoor environmental quality throughout the entire design and construction process,” said Ray Tonjes, chairman of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee. “Green means doing the right thing for the builder, the home owner and most importantly, the environment.”
NAHB originally ordered 10,000 copies of the guidelines books to be printed, but increased the number to 13,000 due to the high demand. About 9,000 guidelines books will be mailed to HBAs across the county that requested them.
The guideline books are packed in boxes of 22 and will be mailed directly from the printer to associations for delivery in early July.
Smaller orders of the guidelines books will be available to both associations and NAHB members beginning this month.
For more information, e-mail Calli Schmidt at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8132.