WASHINGTON -- The board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a Washington-based trade association representing more than 235,000 members, has approved the creation of a national green building program to provide a template for voluntary, market-driven green building all over the country, according to Azobuild.com.
The new program will be based on the National Green Building Standard, a model for residential construction and renovation written by builders, architects, environmentalists and product experts that will be released in early 2008.
“With a national program, home buyers can be assured that their home is truly green, whether they live in Seattle or Savannah, in a condo or a ranch house, and whether they're renovating or buying new,” said NAHB President Brian Catalde, a homebuilder from El Segundo, CA. “It’s also the next logical step for the NAHB as a leader in the green building movement.”
The National Green Building Program will include an interactive, web-based certification system, as well as other tools and resources for builders and certifiers, and a national registry of green builders and green homes. Existing local programs that meet quality assurance benchmarks and performance criteria can become part of the national program, without additional certification fees.
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