WASHINGTON – The U.S. Green Building Council announced its support of the new partnership between the National Association of Home Builders and the International Code Council to create an ANSI standard for green homes. USGBC is also seeking to participate in the creation of that standard.

“USGBC applauds NAHB’s leadership in stepping forward with ICC to create an ANSI standard for green homes,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC. “Buildings overall represent 48% of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. – a leading cause of climate change – and homes on their own represent 21%. NAHB and ICC’s partnership holds the potential to contribute to the solutions to climate change and can help create healthier, better homes in the process.”

USGBC is in the pilot stage of its new LEED for Homes certification program; it plans to release it this summer. “What USGBC is learning through this LEED program can contribute greatly to NAHB and ICC’s efforts. With that in mind, USGBC has already expressed our interest in becoming a member of their standards committee.”

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