NAHB Research Center Grants First "Green Approved" Product Seals of Approval

FEDERAL WAY, WASH. -- February 26, 2009 -- The NAHB Research Center, a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), recently introduced its "Green Approved" product seal of approval, and recognized structural frame products from iLevel by Weyerhaeuser with the first certificates under the new system. The certification mark is intended to provide third-party evidence that building products meet the criteria for recognition in homes certified to the NAHB's National Green Building Standard. The standard is the first green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), making it the benchmark for green homes.

The NAHB Research Center measures Green Approved products against a rigorous set of criteria. Such products carry a report from the Research Center that identifies the specific sections of the National Green Building Standard under which the products can earn points. The Green Approved mark helps bridge the gap between manufacturers who make products and builders and designers who want to use them.

"iLevel and Weyerhaeuser have long been committed to green building and operating our facilities and forests in environmentally responsible ways," says Susan Swirsley, director of brand marketing for iLevel. "In addition to our products being certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard, the Green Approved product designation empowers builders to make an informed choice on products in their homes and simplifies the documentation process tremendously."