500th Home Achieves National Green Building Certification


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WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 - The home building industry reached an important milestone this week when the 500th project earned National Green Building Certification by the NAHB Research Center (www.nahbrc.org), a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders.

The project is a new home in The Villages of White Oak in Arlington, Tenn., an entry in the Memphis Area Home Builders Association's annual Parade of Homes and built by Chamberlain & McCreery of Cordova, Tenn.

The certification recognizes new homes, remodeling projects and housing developments that have met stringent benchmarks in energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality and lot and site design, as well as the education that home owners receive to help ensure that their homes operate as efficiently as they were built.

"This is great news for home buyers," said NAHB Chairman Joe Robson, a builder and developer in Tulsa, Okla. "National Green Building Certification through NAHBGreen is the sensible, affordable approach to ensuring that a new home or remodeling project has been completed with sustainability in mind. It's the voluntary green scoring system that ensures choice for both the builder and the consumer."

The NAHB National Green Building Program, or NAHBGreen (www.nahbgreen.org), educates the public and the home building industry on the benefits of green building and includes the Certified Green Professional designation (www.nahb.org/cgpinfo), the National Green Building Awards (www.nahb.org/greenbuildingawards) and the annual National Green Building Conference (www.nahb.org/greenbuildingconference) as well as independent project certification from the NAHB Research Center.

The NAHB Research Center administers National Green Building Certification by training and accrediting local verifiers who inspect each new home during the construction process and after the home is completed. There are more than 360 accredited verifiers nationwide.

With 99 completed certifications, North Carolina is the state with the most green-certified homes.

More than a quarter of those homes were constructed by a single builder, Shugart Enterprises, which has had more homes certified to the National Green Building Standard than any other builder in the country. Additionally, local verifiers have completed their initial inspections of 45 more homes constructed by Shugart. "We wanted to do something to separate ourselves from the competition," said Shugart Enterprises spokesman Les Frye.

The National Green Building Standard is the only green residential building rating system approved by the American National Standards Institute, making it the industry benchmark.

Jim Pepitone, president of Ark Contractors, LLC, in Madison, Conn., is building a home he hopes will be certified to the Emerald, or highest, level of the standard. "Certification ensures the home buyer, the bank, or the appraiser that I've done everything I've claimed to make the home green," he said.

"The high standards and rigor of third-party certification are part of our corporate culture," said Michael Luzier, president of the NAHB Research Center. "We've been providing certification services to the home building industry for over 45 years."

"I'm proud of the work of these green building industry leaders," said Michigan builder Bob Jones, the NAHB First Vice Chairman who oversees the work of the Research Center and also has led the association's green building initiatives for the past three years.

"In fact, I'm proud of all our members who have paved the way for this achievement and who are building homes today that reflect advances in building science unheard of even a generation ago," Jones said.

For additional information, visit www.nahbgreen.org.


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.

ABOUT THE NAHB RESEARCH CENTER: Located in Upper Marlboro, Md., the NAHB Research Center promotes innovation in housing technology to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of homes and home building products. Created over 40 years ago as a subsidiary of NAHB, the NAHB Research Center has established itself as the source for reliable, objective information and research on housing construction and development issues. Through its various testing and certification services, the Research Center seal is internationally recognized as a mark of product quality and an assurance of product performance. Since February 2008, the NAHB Research Center has been administering National Green Building Certification using the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines; in January 2009 the option to have a project scored to the National Green Building Standard became available when the Standard was approved by ANSI.

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