Knowledge, Skills, Experience: The Certified Green Professional

cgp helps familyThe NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP)™ designation is a reliable way to identify builders, remodelers, manufacturers and other members of our industry who are committed to making your home green.

CGPs understand that combining good, cost-effective building science with the right products and materials can help create a home that’s healthier and more efficient—while being kind to the environment.

By incorporating the National Green Building Standard into the curriculum, CGPs are trained to incorporate energy, water and resource efficiency, improved indoor environmental quality and sustainable and locally sourced products into their projects. If they are building a new home, they understand how to preserve the natural contours and water quality on the lot or site.
"We didn’t intend to remodel green, but Earl Williams, CGP, went through the house and introduced us to something we never considered, that there was a green aspect to remodeling. So we got an outcome that we never intended but now wouldn’t want to live without."—Jim Carter, Colleyville, Texas.

And because operating and maintaining a home correctly is the only way to make sure it “lives green,” the CGP is your resource for home owner education – from helping you choose the right products to advising you on how to ensure everything works the way it is designed. Your CGP can explain the hows and whys of green building and help you decide the aspects that are appropriate for your project.

CGPs must successfully complete 18 hours of classroom instruction and have at least two years of building industry experience before they earn their designation. They also are required to adhere to the CGP Code of Ethics and complete 12 hours of building industry- and green-related continuing education every three years.

Even more experienced CGPs with more years of green building background complete the educational requirements for the new Master CGP designation. As interest in sustainable construction practices grow, expect to see more Master CGPs in your community. You can also search the Master CGP directory to see if any do business in your town.

The Next Step: Certification

home exteriorArmed with their mastery of the National Green Building Standard, many CGP remodelers and builders encourage home owners to take the next step: home certification.

The Home Innovation Research Labs can provide you with assurance that your home was built or remodeled in compliance with the Standard: a nationally approved benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green homes. This independent, third-party National Green Building Certification of new homes, additions, and renovations includes two home inspections by a trained verifier to ensure compliance to the Standard.

Find a CGP ... and see how green your home can be!