Green Guidance The NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC) announced last month that the members of the Consensus Committee on the National Green Building Standard have been appointed by the NAHB Research Center Executive Standards Committee. This consensus committee represents the industry in its efforts to develop and publish an American National Standards Institute–approved standard on residential green building. The collaboration between the two groups, announced at the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla., in February, reinforced the commitment of the organizations to bring uniformity to sustainable building practices. The consensus committee is made up of more than 40 groups representing a broad spectrum of the industry. Its purpose is to review the working draft of the national standard based on the NAHB's “Model Green Home Building Guidelines” and to develop the ICC/NAHB National Green Building Standard. Unlike the guidelines, which are intended to be used in the construction of one- and two-family homes, the new standard will be applicable to all new-home construction, including multifamily units.

Safety First The NAHB recently announced the release of its latest safety product, the Home Builders' Safety Program. This practical guide shows builders how to develop and implement an effective in-house safety program. Available through BuilderBooks, the NAHB's book publishing arm, Home Builders' Safety Program is an invaluable resource that meets builders' needs on multiple fronts, including: providing an overview of jobsite safety and why a safety program is critical to a company's overall success; showing builders how to be in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, as well as how to respond to an OSHA inspection; and explaining the components of a safety program, including a total-loss program. From fall protection to fire prevention, the Home Builders' Safety Program provides builders with the knowledge to create a safety program that saves lives, enhances the company's reputation, and protects the bottom line.

Happy Homes Four NAHB member developers are winners of the 2007 Building with Trees Awards of Excellence from The National Arbor Day Foundation. Arbor Day Foundation leaders presented the awards at the NAHB National Green Building Conference in St. Louis on March 26. A Better Place Group of Tampa, Fla.; Rhein Medall Communities of Charlotte, N.C.; Carma Colorado of Englewood, Colo.; and the Daniel Island Co. of Charleston, S.C., were honored for protecting and saving existing trees during the development process. A jury of developers and urban forestry professionals selected the winners, paying attention to the projects' creativity and attention to detail. Winners were honored for taking inventory and protecting trees during planning, design, and construction; planting and providing for long-term tree care; demonstrating a commitment to tree protection by including a certified tree-care professional on the development team; and adhering to tree protection goals throughout the construction process.