Why should you certify your projects with NGBS Green?

The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is a rigorous, above-code green building system. But, the real value of NGBS to home builders and remodelers? Marketing! Home Innovation NGBS Green Certified homes provide marketable benefits for your buyers, which makes getting homes certified a distinct advantage to your bottom line. Quick Overview

Home Innovation Research Labs certifies green residential projects of all types in compliance with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.

As an independent, third-party research and testing organization, Home Innovation Research Labs has the capacity, expertise, and credentials to ensure their green certification mark stands for consistency, rigor and credibility. In addition, their certification is practical and affordable for the home building industry.

We believe the National Green Building Standard (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. These building practices, when employed in construction and development, improve the living environment for residents and reduce the project’s environmental impacts.

The NGBS offers four levels of green certification for single- and multifamily homes:  Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emeralds; and four levels of land development:  One through Four-Stars. To be certified, a project must implement a minimum number of practices in each of six green building categories. To attain higher certification levels, the project has to employ a greater number of green practices in every category, resulting in progressively increased benefits to the residents and reduced environmental impacts.

A handy step-by-step outline of the process for a single-family home to get NGBS certified.

The folks at Home Innovation Research Labs have created a great resource for builders who are looking for assistance in navigating this path—the NGBS Bronze Cookbook! The concept behind this “cookbook” or roadmap is simple – it allows you to see which practices are most commonly incorporated into NGBS Green Certified homes. Home Innovation developed the Bronze Cookbook by reviewing every NGBS Green Verification Report for homes and multifamily buildings that have attained NGBS Green Certification. Based on that review, they pre-populated an Excel-based scoring spreadsheet with the most commonly used practices to achieve Bronze-level NGBS Green Certification.

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