As an ANSI-approved American National Standard (NGBS), the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard is subject to periodic review and updating. March 29th and 30th marked the first meeting of the newly appointed Consensus Committee for the 2012 version of the standard. Most of the 41 committee members—representing a mix of government agencies, building code officials, home building companies, product manufacturer associations, nonprofits, and other affected industry stakeholders in residential construction—were in attendance for the inaugural meeting, as were most of those who had been selected to participate in the process on the task groups.

The first meeting served to orient participants on the consensus process, initiate task group review of the proposed changes, and discuss options for direction on several key areas covered by the standard. With hundreds of comments for suggested changes to the standard submitted since January 2009, the committee and task group members have a lot of work ahead of them to ensure that all opinions are heard, considered, and decided upon.

The Consensus Committee members were selected by the International Code Council and the NAHB who have partnered again to spearhead the standard development process. The NAHB Research Center is again serving as the secretariat, or administrator, of the standard development process.

The next meeting of the full committee and task group members is scheduled to be held at the National Housing Center in Washington in June. A full list of Consensus Committee members, task group assignments, and status updates on the proceedings can be found online at

EVHA Application

The application period is now open for the 2012 EnergyValue Housing Award (EVHA) competition. All active builders and remodelers are eligible to enter this awards program that honors those who voluntarily integrate energy efficiency into the design, construction, and marketing of either new or existing homes. Over the past 16 years, the EVHA has become the gold standard in industry recognition for high-performance home builders.

Both new and returning EVHA applicants will be excited to see the redesign of this year’s application. Applicants can download the entire application in an electronic directory that contains the application itself, a subfolder for each section of the application, and checklists for what’s needed in each section, so it’s clear and easy to save and submit all the required materials. Suggestions are also included for optional materials that can be saved and submitted with the application.

Once all sections are completed and saved in the appropriate subfolder, the entire directory should be submitted on two thumb drives or disks along with a signed copy of the disclosure statement. The changes to this year’s application process should eliminate some of the very time-consuming steps that were necessary in years past—it’s now more efficient, just like the EVHA winners themselves! Applications are available for download at: Deadline for submission is July 29, 2011.