Green Building, Remodeling and Development

Also known as sustainable or high performance construction, green building incorporates construction and development techniques, materials and designs intended to minimize a home’s impact on the environment and conserve natural resources. Green building is a practical response to a wide range of issues affecting all consumers. These include such concerns as rising energy costs, the need to ensure clean water and minimize water usage, and the need to improve air quality. In short, home builders strive to maximize efficiency and sustainability in every aspect of new home construction and in home remodeling.

Policy Statement

NAHB supports sustainable, high performance new home construction and remodeling, encourages its members to build green, and works pro-actively to facilitate their efforts.

Specifically, NAHB actively promotes viable, credible, market-driven, and voluntary green building initiatives at the federal level in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. It also assists state and local home building associations with such advocacy efforts upon request.

In all of these endeavors, NAHB emphasizes that green building efforts must be voluntary rather than mandatory and that they must be both affordable and cost effective. In particular, NAHB supports the ANSI-approved, consensus-based ICC 700 National Green Building Standard, which was developed by the Home Innovation Research Laboratories, NAHB and industry experts with a broad range of expertise.

In November, NAHB will partner with the U.S. Green Building Council at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to bring the association’s residential construction expertise to attendees. Download this flyer to learn more about opportunities at this Expo.

Why It Matters

Green building/high performance building is important to the home building industry, consumers and the nation because it promotes lower total ownership costs through utility savings and increased durability as well as an improved indoor living environment. It also encourages environmental awareness and stewardship and more efficient use of increasingly scarce resources and helps to conserve them for future generations.

Voluntary, non-prescriptive green programs provide builders and consumers with the flexibility that they need to construct homes that are sustainable, affordable, cost-effective and appropriate to the home’s geographic location.