NAHB National Green Building Standard: Not Here Yet

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A clarification here for anyone reading Floor Covering Weekly’s October 13 2008 supplement “The Green Guide.”  A story on page 12 suggests the National Home Builders’ Association Model Green Building Guide has already been declared a national standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The story says, “At the 2008 International Builders show, the NAHB launched its biggest initiative to date: the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), a joint effort of the NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC) that represents the first ANSI-certified green building standard in the U.S.  The standard applies to all residential structures, from single family dwellings to high-rise and multi-family structures as well as residential portions of mixed occupancy buildings.”

Sorry, despite the present tense description of the “standard”, it yet remains to be certifid  by ANSI.  You can check the pending application here.

I have no doubt the NAHB Green Guidelines will eventually reach the status of an ANSI standard. And when it happens, you can be sure there will be a lot more news about it than one short article in a magazine  supplement.  This will surely be the biggest challenge to the dominance of LEED for Homes, which by the way is a rating system and not a standard — at least as far as certified standards go.

I’ll provide some information on other green building systems in my next post

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Colin Laughlan