May 30, 2011
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June Meeting to Produce Draft of 2012 National Green Building Standard

At a June 13-17 meeting at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C., a consensus committee working on updating the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) will evaluate 465 changes to the original 2008 version of the standard proposed by the public.

The committee will also be considering recommendations from seven advisory task groups that first met in late March and have since been assessing potential changes related to: administration; site and lot development; resource efficiency and indoor environmental quality; water efficiency; energy efficiency; multifamily; and remodeling.

“These will be five long days of meeting because there are so many recommendations that the committee needs to evaluate,” said Don Pratt, a builder and remodeler from Auburn Hills, Mich., who is chairman of the consensus committee.

Pratt voiced confidence that the end result will be an even better standard when the revised version is published in 2012.

The consensus committee will make its decisions through formal balloting and then release a draft of the standard for public comment.

The committee will take formal action on those comments at a meeting in late November..

Initiated in 2007 by the International Code Council and NAHB, the National Green Building Standard was developed by a 42-member consensus committee and approved by the American National Standards Institute (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.

More than 2,200 projects have been certified to the standard since its approval by ANSI.

“I think we are seeing in this process that the scope of green building for residential construction and remodeling will be expanded,” said Ray Tonjes, a builder from Austin, Texas, who is serving as vice chairman of the consensus committee.

“We’re looking at refining the point structure in the green scoring system, and refining the practices for renovations and additions,” he said.

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

As an ANSI-approved standard, the document is subject to periodic updates based on consideration of advances in building codes and technology and other developments.

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'National Green Building Standard’ Available at

The National Green Building Standard,” available through, 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.

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'National Green Building Standard Commentary' Available at

The "National Green Building Standard Commentary," available through 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.

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More Than 5,400 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.

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'Build Green and Save’ Available at

Build Green and Save: Protecting the Earth and Your Bottom Line,” available through, 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.

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