The NAHB Research Center is seeking interested, qualified individuals to become green building field verifiers for its national green building certification program. As the sole certifying body under the NAHB’s National Green Building Program, the Research Center is responsible for training and accrediting eligible individuals to verify that homes across the country meet the criteria of the national certification program.

Verifiers accredited by the NAHB Research Center will independently confirm, through a process of document review and on-site inspections, that all green program requirements and points specified by a builder are in place before a home is accredited.

Those interested in becoming verifiers must have prerequisite training or experience that provides them a baseline understanding of general home building practices and specific green building knowledge. Specific types of experience that meet this eligibility requirement include:

  • One year of acceptable professional experience in home building and green building practices (the NAHB Research Center will determine what experience meets the acceptable level), or

  • At least 12 hours of green training approved by the NAHB Research Center, or

  • Designation by the NAHB as a Green Building Professional, or

  • Professional certification from Green Advantage (Green Advantage is a strong supporter of the U.S. Green Building Council and USGBC chapters), or

  • NARI Green Building Certification from National Association of the Remodelers Industry (NARI), or

  • RESNET Green Rater Certification, or

  • LEED Accredited Professional Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council

In order to become accredited by the NAHB Research Center, prospective verifiers must participate in training administered by the Research Center—either in person, via Web cast, or via self-guided online materials—and pass a verifier accreditation test. The course covers the protocol for verifying that a house meets the national certification program requirements and is intended to ensure that all verifiers across the country evaluate homes in a consistent manner. This training does not include developing the green expertise each prospective verifier is expected to have as a prerequisite.
One-day training sessions are available nationally. Upcoming dates include a classroom seminar on May 9, 2008 in New Orleans. Additional sessions will be scheduled as needed.

To learn more, call the NAHB National Green Building Program Hotline at 877-NAHB-GRN.

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