The National Green Building Standard, the first green building rating system to be approved by ANSI, is now available for purchase through BuilderBooks.com, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
A joint effort by the International Code Council (ICC) and NAHB, the National Green Building Standard defines what green practices can be incorporated into residential development and construction on a national scale and how homeowners can operate and maintain their green homes.
These practices can be integrated into new single- and multi-family homes, home remodeling and additions, hotels and motels, and home sites. Topics include lot design, preparation and development; resource, energy and water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; and operation, maintenance and building owner education.
Four threshold levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald) provide builders with varying green targets—from basic, entry-level green building to the highest level of sustainable green building that incorporates energy savings of 60 percent or higher.
“The significance of this standard cannot be overstated,” said NAHB Green Building Subcommittee chairman Eric Borsting, a California builder. “This document—and the voluntary project certification program administered by the NAHB Research Center—will more readily enable green home building, remodeling and development all over the country.”
The National Green Building Standard provides flexibility, allowing home builders and home buyers to make green choices based on climate, geography, style preferences and budget. It can be used for individual projects or serve as the basis for a community or state program.
As part of the stringent process required by ANSI, NAHB and the ICC gathered a representative consensus committee composed of a broad spectrum of builders, architects, product manufacturers, regulators and environmental experts. The committee’s work was administered by the NAHB Research Center, an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer. The committee deliberated the content for more than a year, held four public hearings, and evaluated more than 2,000 public comments in developing the standard.
The National Green Building Standard is available for purchase ($31.95 NAHB member/$35.95 retail, ISBN 978-0-86718-641-3) at www.BuilderBooks.com or by calling 800-223-2665. For more information, visit www.nahbgreen.com.