The National Green Building Standardâ„¢ (NGBS) is the preeminent residential green building rating system. It sets green baselines for all new residential construction, development, and remodeling projects. ANSI-approved and consensus-based, the NGBS provides a menu of green building practices for builders, remodelers, and developers to plan their green projects. Home Innovation Research Labs, an independent, third-party research and testing organization, certifies homes, buildings, subdivisions, and remodel projects as in compliance with the NGBS.

To get started, download the NGBS Scoring Tool and begin scoring a home to the NGBS. This easy-to-use, Excel-based tool is used by both builders and NGBS Green Verifiers during the certification process. You may be surprised at how many green features are already standard practice for your home or company!

The NGBS requires that a qualified, independent third-party inspect the project and verify that all green design or construction practices claimed by the builder toward green certification are incorporated correctly into the project. Most projects require at least two inspections. Verifiers record the results of their rough and final inspections on a Verification Report which is submitted to Home Innovation Research Labs. After the Verification Reports are submitted, Home Innovation Research Labs reviews them to ensure accuracy and completeness, and issues green certification to the project. Use the Find a Verifier Tool to locate a Home Innovation accredited NGBS Green Verifier within your area.

 Additional education opportunities are made available through such venues as the International Builders Show, and other industry-sponsored events.

Marketing and Advocacy Guidance is available for builder members and associates to communicate the benefits of green building and the importance of keeping these innovative practices voluntary to the home buying and policy-making members of their communities.

Check out further information on what the 2012 NGBS means for home buyers and home owners, click here.

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