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Energy Day 2010 Sustainability Publication

Energy Day 2010 Sustainability Publication

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conservation, sustainable or recycled
products and attention to indoor air quality
into the everyday process of home building.
In fact, nearly 20 percent of new homes
garnered Energy Star® certification in 2009 –
up from about 12 percent the previous year.

Green products –like paints made with fewer
noxious chemicals, or countertops made with
recycled content –used to be available only
by special order. Now, they’re stocked by
bib-box home improvement stores.

At the same time, questionable claims
abound –and some builders and remodelers
report “green fatigue” among their clients,
who aren’t sure whether the additional cost of
green building is worth it. They’re looking for
more certainty, and NAHB is now providing it.

National Association of Home Builders

Members of the National Association of Home
Builders build about 80 percent of the new
homes constructed every year. It’s only
natural, then, that NAHB and its members
have led the industry in residential green

And it’s only natural that homeowners and
home buyers should turn to NAHB member
builders and remodelers for green expertise.

While it was a very small niche in the 1990s,
members of the newly formed NAHB
subcommittee on green building knew it was
gaining adherents –and that members were
beginning to look for reputable education and
training. Responding to that member
demand, NAHB launched the first-ever
National Green Building Conference in 1999 –
the first, and now largest, educational event
targeted to the green residential construction

Since then, green building’s growth from a
niche market into the mainstream has been a
gradual process in response to market
demand, availability of materials and
education. But in every step of the process,
NAHB has led the way.

Builders increasingly incorporate more
energy efficiency, water and resource

The kitchen in this high-end project by
Chandler Design-Build, a North Carolina
green builder, is high on style as well as
efficient, featuring reclaimed wood on the
kitchen countertops.



Homes score points to earn ratings at the
Bronze, Silver, Gold and ultra-green Emerald
levels –but what sets the standard apart from
other rating systems is its progressively more
stringent requirements in all aspects of green
building: energy efficiency, water efficiency,
resource efficiency, indoor environmental
quality, lot and site development, and
homeowner operation and maintenance.

For example, a home built to the Bronze level
must meet energy efficiency requirements
equivalent to an Energy Star rating, or 15
percent more efficient than the prevailing
code. To meet the Silver, Gold and Emerald
levels, a home’s projected energy efficiency
must meet benchmarks of 40 percent, 50
percent and 60 percent, respectively –and
meet similarly stringent benchmarks in the
other five green categories.

Now, the International Code Council has
incorporated the ICC-700 as the residential
arm of the International Green Construction
Code now in development and expected to
be presented for public hearings in 2011.
NAHB is advocating for keeping the rating
system voluntary, however, by allowing
jurisdictions the option of incorporating ICC-
700 into their building codes.

NAHB has also been a leader in sustainable

The association’s policy on smart growth
principles call for efficient use of land, a

In 2008, NAHB launched the National Green
Building Program to help accelerate
regionally appropriate and voluntary, market-
driven green building by providing extensive
educational and training resources and a
third-party green building verification
program administered by the NAHB Research

Today, these homes and subdivisions are
inspected and certified to ICC-700, or the
National Green Building Standard, developed
by NAHB and the International Code Council
and then approved by the American National
Standards Institute in January 2009.

ICC-700 is a green scoring and certification
system for new single-family and multifamily
residential projects, remodeling and
renovation work and residential land
development projects. More than 1,600
projects had been certified by September
2010, representing more than 2,300 homes.

Among them: an affordable senior housing
project outside St. Louis, a luxury apartment
complex built on the site of an old parking lot
near the Johnson Space Center in Texas and
an Indiana development of single-family
homes near the commuter train to Chicago –
showing that ICC-700 is flexible enough for
any residential application, from affordable
multifamily units to luxury, custom single-
family homes.

A tightly insulated attic in a home built by
North Carolina’s Eco Building Group helps
keep the energy bills low.

The windows on this staircase built by Ferrier
Custom Builders in Forth Worth, Texas, let in
natural light so less electric light is needed.

more seasoned green builders and
remodelers. New coursework now being
piloted includes advanced green building
science and green project management
issues. Already, classes are filling up as
residential construction professionals seek
more practical knowledge to serve their

comprehensive process for planning growth,
fair and balanced funding of infrastructure,
revitalization of older suburban and inner city
communities and a wide range of housing
choices that meet the needs of families
across the economic spectrum.

Builders and developers across the country
have applied those principles to create
strong, vibrant communities with a mix of
homes, shops, restaurants, offices and great
public spaces. And, local governments are
increasingly revising their zoning ordinances
and land-use regulations to allow more
mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development
that is consistent with the principles that
NAHB supports.

NAHB’s smart growth philosophy is a perfect
complement to its leadership in green

In addition, nearly 5,500 builders, remodelers
and suppliers to the home building industry
had by September 2010 achieved the
Certified Green Professional (CGP)
educational designation, the NAHB initiative
launched in 2008. CGPs complete 24 hours of
classroom instruction on sustainable design
and business management to earn their

In 2011, NAHB will introduce the Master
Certified Green Professional designation for

About the National Association of

Home Builders

The National Association of Home Builders is
a Washington-based trade association
representing more than 175,000 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. NAHB is affiliated
with 800 state and local home builders
associations around the country.

On the Web:

This Northwest Alabama home built by Stitt
Energy Group is both an NAHB National
Green Building Award Winner and a
Department of Energy EVHA (Energy Value
Housing Award) winner.



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