NAHB to Unveil Green Building Program Next Year
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced that it will launch its National Green Building Program on February 14 at the 2008 International Builders’ Show.
Ninety percent of residential builders and developers are interested in participating in a voluntary green building certification program, according to the results of a recent NAHB survey.
“As confirmed in this survey, voluntary, market-driven programs are the best way to encourage the growth of green building,” said NAHB President Brian Catalde, a builder from Southern California. “More than 100,000 homes have already been built and certified by voluntary, builder-supported programs across the country.”
The NAHB National Green Building program will link dozens of successful state and local voluntary green building programs with a national online scoring tool for builders and verifiers. It also will provide a registry of green homes and green builders as well as extensive educational resources.
Almost 80 percent of the builders and developers surveyed identified the NAHB National Green Building Program as the one that they would most trust over other national programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-H rating system.
Survey questions also focused on green land development practices. More than 80 percent of respondents listed leaving as many trees as possible as the most important consideration when developing land for new home construction. Other practices builders say are most important include minimizing site disruption (69 percent), making greater use of recycled materials in home building (59 percent) and preserving open space by building on smaller lots (54 percent).
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