CGP Numbers Soar as Home Buyers Seek Green Building Expertise, Says NAHB


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WASHINGTON, April 13--More than 2,725 builders, remodelers and other home building industry professionals have now achieved the Certified Green Professional designation -- making it easier than ever for environmentally conscious consumers to find a trained housing professional who can help them go green with a new home or remodeling project.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) designation is awarded after the successful completion of 24 hours of classroom instruction on green building techniques and business practices, two years' industry experience, a commitment to continuing education and adherence to the CGP code of ethics.

"These men and women are ahead of the curve. As home buyers return to the market and as home owners look to make cost-effective improvements to their homes, these professionals have already determined what consumers will be looking for: environmentally friendly, resource-efficient design and construction. That's green building," said NAHB Chairman Joe Robson, a builder and developer in Tulsa, Okla.

Cousins Matt and Jamie Lancia of Lancia Homes in Fort Wayne, Ind., have both earned their CGP designation, and home buyer Tom Wilson said he's happy they did. Wilson has bought several homes from Lancia, each one more energy-efficient than the next, he said. "I have a lot of confidence in them," Wilson said.

CGPs say they're proud to help their clients go green. Dallas home builder Liz Newman said she used her training to construct a new home last year that was three times the size of her client's old 1,400-square-foot bungalow - but the utility bills remained the same.

She used products, materials and techniques designed to make the new home much more energy efficient - and also provided information and education to her clients so they could operate and maintain their home as efficiently as possible.

This consumer education is a key component of the CGP training, Newman pointed out. "My clients are so happy that their energy bills are so low," she said.

Alabama builder John Allen of Southern Construction & Design Inc. agreed. "It's important to understand the products and techniques that are out there so you can advise home buyers about energy, water and resource efficiency and how to get a return on your investment for building green," he said.

Certified Green Professionals can also help consumers take full advantage of the recently renewed energy efficiency tax credits of up to 30 percent of the cost for qualifying windows, insulation, solar panels and other products. Go to to learn more.

To find a Certified Green Professional in your area, go to and choose "CGP" in the drop-down menu.


ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing more than 200,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as "the voice of the housing industry," NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for 2009.

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