‘Green’ Building Standard Created by NAHB, ICC

Washington, DC — The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders has approved the creation of a national green building program aimed at providing a template for voluntary, market-driven green building throughout the U.S.

The program, according to the Washington, DC-based NAHB, will be based on the National Green Building Standard, a model for residential construction and renovation that will be released in early 2008.

The standard is the result of a cooperative effort between NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC), 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 in the U.S.

“With a national program, home buyers can be assured that their home is truly green, whether they live 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, CA.

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 air quality, durability and ease of maintenance, as well as the builder’s efforts to educate homeowners.

The program will be housed at the NAHB Research Center, which is also serving as the secretariat for the residential green building standard development process, the trade association said.

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