The National Association of Home Builders introduced its new edition of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard at the 2013 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) introduced
its new edition of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard at the 2013 International
Builders' Show in Las Vegas, which increases energy-efficiency requirements and
significantly changes the treatment of renovations and remodeling projects.
“The new edition of the standard brings a minimum 15%
increase in energy efficiency,” said Dominic Sims, chief operating officer of the
International Code Council, which partnered with NAHB on its development. “Consumers
understand that this level of improvement will deliver real savings over time.”
First published in 2009, NGBS forms the basis of
many local and national programs and allows builders to certify new homes and
remodeling projects that meet established criteria in energy efficiency, water
and resource conservation, indoor air quality, lot and site development and
homeowner education. It is the only green building rating system for
residential construction approved by the American National Standards Institute.
Changes include referencing the 2009 International
Energy Conservation Code (the earlier edition referenced the 2006 code) as the
baseline to exceed in energy efficiency, completely revised and expanded
criteria for remodeling that makes it possible to certify kitchen, bathroom and
basement renovations and additions under 400 ft., and incentives for choosing
lots in green communities.
“This standard is all about quality and
performance,” said Matt Belcher,
a longtime green home builder from Wildwood, Mo., who has constructed homes to
the S. “Every builder I know wants to build the best product they can, and all
the home buyers I’ve met want to own a high-performance home.”
Builders and developers can certify their projects
to the National Green Building Standard by using the National Green Building
Certification Program offered by the NAHB Research Center,
itself an ANSI-accredited laboratory. Purchase an online or print version of
the 2012 NGBS at www.BuilderBooks.com, and find more
information about green homes at www.nahb.org/nahbgreen.
National Association of Home Builders
NAHB unveils updated National Green Building Standard
January 30, 2013