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The New American Home™, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was the first show home to be certified in the new program. The project was awarded “gold” level certification during ceremonies February 12.
“We green builders have wanted to see these sustainable building practices go mainstream for years, because we have always known that it’s the right thing to do,” said Green Building Subcommittee Chair Ray Tonjes.
The program features an online scoring tool at www.nahbgreen.org, which shows builders how to accrue points in several categories: water, energy and resource efficiency; lot and site development; indoor environmental quality; global impact; and homeowner education. The program sets point requirements in each category for the bronze, silver and gold levels.
Homes are inspected and verified by local green experts, and the documentation is sent to the NAHB Research Center for review. If the project qualifies, the home can receive national certification from the Research Center. Local home builders associations will continue to provide education, advocacy and promotional assistance to their green builders using new, expanded resources from the NAHB.
“NAHB builders have been green pioneers, building 100,000 green homes certified by local programs all over the country,” said Jones. “The NAHB National Green Building Program builds on this energy and innovation and takes green building mainstream. The time has come. Home buyers are ready for green, and NAHB is ready for today’s home buyers.”
Visit www.nahb.org for more information.