Intro to Green Building for Consumers

Are you interested in saving environmental resources – and saving money? Learn about energy-efficient and sustainable design, construction and remodeling so you can create your own green dream home.


Hire an Industry Professional to help you!

Through NAHB’s Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation program, you can find a builder, remodeler, architect, designer or other industry professional who  Would you purchase another green home?is committed to making your home sustainable through the incorporation of green building principles. They can explain the hows and whys of green building and educate you on which features are appropriate for your project.

A CGP has been trained in:

  • Choosing products and practices for greater energy efficiency
  • Indoor and outdoor water conservation practices
  • Preserving indoor environmental quality
  • Identifying and choosing sustainable building products
  • Meeting the benchmarks of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™

Find a CGP in your area now.

Have Your New Home NGBS Green Certified
Incorporating green building practices and high-performance features into your new home is just the first step. Certification by Home Innovation Research Labs can provide you with assurance that your home was built in compliance with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard,™ (NGBS) a nationally approved benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green homes.

Home Innovation Research Labs provides independent, third party certification of new homes, developments, additions and renovations. Ask your builder, designer or Certified Green Professional (CGP) about having your home certified by Home Innovation Research Labs and see how green your home can be—Bronze, Silver, Gold or Emerald. Learn more at

Additional Resources:

How to Live Sustainably
Do-it-Yourself Energy Audit
HUD Guide for Consumers