NAHB: About NAHBGreen
Green building, also known as high-performance building or sustainable construction, has been practi...
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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NAHB: About NAHBGreen
Green building, also known as high-performance building or sustainable construction, has been
practiced by builders and remodelers for centuries but the modern era of sustainable construction
started in the 1970's as oil prices rose and the need for energy efficiency increased.
High-performance buildings are designed and constructed to incorporate environmental
considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development
process with the goal to minimize the home's environmental impact. Green building is a practical
response to a variety of issues that affect all of us -- like increasing energy prices, waning water
resources and changing weather patterns.
Choosing green means making intentional decisions about:
Energy-efficiency improvements such as a high-performance building envelope, efficient HVAC
systems, high-performance windows and energy-efficient appliances and lighting
Water conservation measures such as water-efficient appliances and fixtures, filtration systems and
drought-resistant or low-maintenance landscaping
Resource conservation using materials and techniques such as engineered wood and wood
alternatives, recycled building materials, sustainably harvested lumber and more durable products
Indoor environmental quality considerations such as effective HVAC equipment, formaldehyde-free
finishes, low-allergen materials, and products with minimum off-gassing or low volatile organic
Site design planning such as minimizing disruption and preserving open space
Home owner education through manuals and operating guides
NAHBGreen is helping builders, remodelers, developers and home owners/buyers build and
understand high-performance construction and development. The suite of services provides a
comprehensive set of educational resources, advocacy tools, a credible green standard, and referrals
to a national green home certification system by the Home Innovation Research Labs, a qualified
and independent third party. Collectively, these offerings help builders, remodelers and developers
anywhere build green.
While some of the impetus to build green is being dictated by policymakers, increased awareness
among home buyers is also driving the growth in this sector. Accordingly, NAHBGreen helps prepare
the industry by educating and credentialing building professionals, developing measurements for
green building, and advocating at the national level for credible, voluntary, and market-sensitive
green building initiatives.
Education about Green Building
Each year, NAHB honors excellence in green residential design, construction practices, and
outstanding green advocacy efforts through the NAHBGreen Awards program.
ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS)®
The foremost green rating system for residential construction in the United States, the NGBS can be
used for rating new and remodeled single- and multifamily buildings as well as residential
subdivisions. It is the first and only such residential green rating system to have earned the approval
of the American National Standards Institute.
Green Building Advocacy
NAHB actively promotes viable, credible, market-driven, and voluntary green building initiatives at
the federal level and is likewise poised to assist state and local home building associations with such