NAHB approves national green building program.The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is one of the largest trade associations in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the association organizes one of the largest conventions in North America, The International Builders' Show, which draws more than has approved the creation of a national green building program to provide a template for voluntary, market-driven green building all over the country.
The new program will be based on the National Green Building Standard, a model for residential construction and renovation written by builders, architects, environmentalists and product experts that will be released in early 2008.
This standard is the result of a cooperative effort between NAHB NAHB National Association of Home Builders
NAHB National Academy of Health and Business (Canada) and the International Code Council and is based on NAHB's Model Green Home Building Guidelines, which are the foundation of more than 20 green building programs created by state and local home builder associations throughout the country.
"With a national program, home buyers can be assured that their home is truly green, whether they live in Seattle or Savannah Savannah, city, United States
Savannah, city (1990 pop. 137,560), seat of Chatham co., SE Ga., a port of entry on the Savannah River near its mouth; inc. 1789. , in a condo or a ranch house, and whether they're renovating or buying new," said NAHB President Brian Catalde, a home builder from El Segundo El Segundo (ĕl sēgŭn`dō), industrial city (1990 pop. 15,223), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1917. Its products include navigation and computer systems, aircraft parts, office machines, telephone apparatus, and , Calif.
"It's also the next logical step for NAHB as a leader in the green building movement. Our members have built nearly 100,000 green homes in voluntary programs launched by home building associations all over the country. Each of these homes is unique and responds to local geography, climate and consumer preferences. With an affordable national program, we will provide home buyers with green homes even where there is no local program in place," Catalde said.
Like the Model Green Home Building Guidelines and the Standard, the National Green Building Program takes into account a home's lot development, use of resources, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, durability and ease of maintenance, as well as the builder's efforts to educate home owners home owner home n → propriétaire occupant .
The program will be housed at the NAHB Research Center The NAHB Research Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders. Established in 1964, the center is a source for objective information and research on housing construction and development issues. , which is also serving as the secretariat for the residential green building standard development process. The standards process is certified by the American National Standards Institute See ANSI.
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The program will include a web-based certification system as well as other tools and resources for builders and certifiers, and a national registry of green builders and green homes. Existing local programs that meet quality assurance benchmarks and performance criteria can become part of the national program--without costly additional certification fees.