Home Innovation Research Labs recently announced the start of the development process for the 2018 version of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). As a standard developer approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation will again act as the administrator of the standard development process. Once completed, the updated NGBS will be submitted to ANSI for approval.

The 2018 version will be the fourth iteration of the NGBS. As an ANSI-approved standard, the document is subject to periodic updates as a way to ensure that advances in building codes, technology, and other developments can be considered for incorporation. The NGBS was last updated in 2015 and again approved by ANSI in March 2016.

To be eligible for ANSI approval, the development of the standard must follow a specific process, starting with the formation of a consensus committee that will develop updates. The committee members and other interested parties will be assigned to task groups, each specializing in a different area of the standard, such as energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, or lot and site development. Similar to the makeup of previous committees, the group working on the 2018 NGBS will include government officials, advocacy groups, home builders, product manufacturers, and other industry stakeholders.

Home Innovation is also accepting proposed changes to the 2015 edition of the NGBS. Individuals and groups can submit proposed changes to the NGBS online by March 1.

“ANSI rules for standards development provide checks and balances based on the principles of openness, consensus, balance, and due process, lending to the unmatched credibility of the National Green Building Standard in the residential industry,” says Michael Luzier, Home Innovation president and CEO. “Because the ANSI process requires a balanced representation of stakeholders on the consensus committee and consideration of the views of all participants, this update provides an important opportunity for those with an interest in bona fide green home building.”

The consensus committee will hold two hearings in Washington, D.C. At the first hearing in April, committee members will review all proposed changes to the NGBS, which will include input from members of the relevant task groups. At the second hearing in the fall, committee members will consider, discuss, and take formal action on all proposed changes.

Once the committee has completed its work, the newly updated NGBS will be submitted to ANSI for approval in 2018.

For more information on the 2018 NGBS development process, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBS.