WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a Washington-based trade association representing more than 235,000 members, testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 16 that its members are bringing green building to the mainstream by developing affordable, energy-efficient housing using environmentally friendly construction techniques and practices, according to Multi-Housing News.

Ray Tonjes, a custom builder from Austin, TX, and chairman of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee, said that the recent strength and growth of green building is due, in large part, to its voluntary nature that provides builders and developers with the flexibility that is essential for incorporating the principles of sustainable design.

NAHB is also collaborating with the International Code Council (ICC) to bring uniformity to sustainable building by redeveloping a residential green building standard, based on the two-year-old NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines, according to Tonjes.

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