How to Get Involved in NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building Subcommittee

Q&A with John Barrows

Sustainability and Green Building
John Barrows
John Barrows is founder of P3 Builder Group, Inc. in Wainscott, N.Y., and chair of the 2019-2020 NAHB Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee.

What has the Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee been working on this past year?

The group has been hard at work creating solar resources for builders, looking more closely at green home valuation, developing high performance education, expanding sustainability initiatives to include all member groups and launching a scholarship for students interested in green building to attend the International Builders’ Show.

What is on the horizon for the group in 2020?

The top three things to look for in early 2020 are:

  • The anticipated release of the 2020 edition of the National Green Building Standard.
  • A solar resources toolkit to assist HBAs and builders in advocacy efforts as state and local jurisdictions continue to consider solar mandates, as well as provide resources for builders who are considering solar for an upcoming project.
  • New online, on-demand education modules for resiliency and water efficiency.

How does someone get involved with the Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee?

The group meets three times a year face-to-face at NAHB Board Meetings and also intermittently via web meetings throughout the year. The majority of the work is done in smaller member groups via conference call. If you are interested in joining the subcommittee in 2020, please email me or NAHB Staff.

This content originally appeared in the December 2019 edition of Green Intersects eNews. To sign up for the newsletter, contact Linda Wade.