Home Innovation Research Labs in May will celebrate the 50,000th home certified under the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certification Program. This milestone is significant not only because of the number of homes that have been certified, but also for what it signifies for the state of the home building industry overall.

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NGBS Green Certification began in January 2009 in the midst of the housing downturn. At that time, it may have seemed counterintuitive to voluntarily build homes to an above-code green standard and pay to have those homes scrutinized under a rigorous third-party certification protocol. But forward-thinking builders didn't see it that way at all. They saw NGBS Green as a way to emerge from the downturn by building better, higher-performing, and more marketable homes. Those builders and the NGBS Green program have continued to thrive, as evidenced by the volume of homes already certified and in the certification pipeline (for details, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBSGreenStats.)

This program milestone provides an opportunity to look back on what a game-changer the NGBS rating system has been for the industry: how accessible and practical it's made green home building; how it's created viable choice for certification within the market; and how it's helped builders of all stripes and sizes provide comprehensively green homes to mainstream buyers across the country. It's also a great time to look ahead at how the NGBS will continue to shape green home building for generations to come. The public comment period for the 2015 version of the NGBS just wrapped up in April and the Consensus Committee will meet in June to take formal action on all comments submitted. Stay tuned for new and enhanced opportunities available once the 2015 NGBS is submitted to ANSI for review and approval later this year.

The 50,000th NGBS Green Certified home, built by Saussy Burbank, will be celebrated in May at the kick-off ceremony for the 10th annual Green Home Tour, sponsored by the Green Home Builders of the Triangle, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Michael Luzier, Home Innovation's president & CEO, will present the certificate and celebratory certification plaque for the home. This will be just the first of several NGBS Green events over the next couple of months to highlight the diversity of home types, buyers, and locations covered under the umbrella of this national certification program. Others will include military housing projects, affordable single- and multifamily projects, remodeled homes and buildings, and ultra-modern urban high-rise buildings. Whatever type of home you build and wherever you build it, NGBS Green has a certification for it.

NGBS Green has become the green certification program of choice for the residential construction industry. If you're not currently building homes to be NGBS Green Certified, now's a perfect time to start. Find out more about the success participating builders are already enjoying by visiting www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBSGreen