NAHB brought green building and remodeling to the mainstream when the association launched the National Green Building Program in 2007. Comprised of a certification program for homes, advocacy for maintaining affordability and encouraging innovation, educational initiatives and a national awards program, “NAHBGreen” was instrumental in moving green and sustainable building out of its tiny, high-end market niche.
Key to this success was NAHB’s development – first with the International Code Council and later with ASHRAE – of the ICC-ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard, which has now been used to certify more than 50,000 homes, lots, residential developments and apartment and condominium units for energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development and home owner education. It’s now the biggest green certification program in the residential space.
Today, the certification program is entirely in the capable hands of the Home Innovation Research Labs, and the green awards program has been integrated into NAHB’s other honors as a “best of” award. NAHB now concentrates its efforts on advocacy and education as new technologies surface and innovations appear almost daily.
In addition to regular webinars and presentations, the Certified Green Professional (CGP) professional designation is the bedrock of NAHB’s green education efforts and remains one of NAHB”s most popular professional initiatives. The Master Certified Green Professional designation (Master CGP) takes these achievements to the next level. And green builders and designers of all experience levels gravitate to the High-Performance Building Zone during NAHB’s International Builders’ Show®.