NAHB gets new green building standards approved

February 5, 2013
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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has been approved for the release of its new edition of the ICC 700 National Building Standard. According to Supply House magazine, the approval came at the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

“The new edition of the standard brings a minimum 15 percent increase in energy efficiency,” said Dominic Sims, chief operating officer of the International Code Council, which partnered with NAHB on its development, according to the source. “Consumers understand that this level of improvement will deliver real savings over time.”

First building standards for this category were published in 2009 by the NGBS. These were the basis of many local and national programs and promoted the certification of commercial and residential green building practices. Criteria for certification covers water, resource and energy conservation, while standards were outlined for indoor air quality, site development and education.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the new standards based on the modernization of eco-friendly building standards. This is not the first time the standards have undergone review by a consensus committee. According to the NAHB, 41 members of the 2012 NGBS Consensus Committee, which represented various entities with their own agendas, reviewed the standards.

“While the ANSI process is exacting and sometimes tedious, our culture as an independent, third-party makes the Research Center ideally suited to the role of Secretariat,” according to Michael Luzier, NAHB Research Center president and CEO. “It is specifically those exacting elements that create the opportunity for the best, most informed decisions to be reached. As Secretariat, our obligation to the decision-making process was not only to yield consensus, but to have the process culminate in the most thoughtful and comprehensive green building standard possible – ANSI’s approval of the 2012 NGBS validates that objective was met.”

By outlining formal standards, commercial and residential builders and property owners are better able to follow the latest in eco-friendly practices. The trials and concerns relating to incorporating green building materials and procedures have been outlined and solutions provided – taking the guessing game out of the process.

The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) attempts to assist commercial property developers in the integration and planning of energy efficient technologies and solutions. The organization is based in the greater Philadelphia area and was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).