National Green Building Standard

After Years in Committee, We Have a Green Building Standard

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NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines

NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines are a less stringent predecessor to the National Green Building StandardNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. . The Guidelines were introduced in 2005 to help NAHB’s 800 affiliate builder organizations develop local programs.

The Guidelines became the starting point for the new standards when NAHB sought to develop its own standardized green-building certification rules. The Model Green Guidelines gave NAHB affiliates around the country a place to start, and...

A consensus forged among industry stakeholders

Representatives from a variety of building professions, including the International Code Council, developed the new standard. The proposal went through a lengthy development process before it was submitted to the American National Standards Institute for review. ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute. National nonprofit membership organization that coordinates development of national consensus standards. Accreditation by ANSI signifies that the procedures used meet the Institute’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus, and due process. approved the standard in February 2009, thus positioning it for eventual adoption by municipal or state governments as part of their building codes.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GREEN BUILDING STANDARD

The National Green Building Standard, also known as ICC-700, grew out of NAHB’s earlier Model Green Building Guidelines. NGBSNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. includes a number of mandatory practices, none of which are worth any points toward certification. Many are in the energy efficiency area and include requirements for caulking or otherwise sealing windows and doors, insulating skylight shafts and kneewalls, using airtight, IC-rated recessed lighting fixtures and running Manual J calculations for...

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