In light of the anticipated release and availability of the 2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) as a green rating system option, the NAHB Research Center launched a free registration process for its green certification program on Nov. 1, 2012. This new registration step allows single- and multifamily builders and developers to identify which rating system they plan to use—either the 2008 or the 2012 NGBS. Previously, the research center did not have registration criteria in place for the NGBS certification.

The development of the 2012 NGBS (www.nahbrc.com/NGBS) began in early 2011. The 2012 NGBS has been submitted to ANSI for review; once it is approved by ANSI, the center will continue to serve as the Adopting Entity for the NGBS and provide certification services to both the 2008 and 2012 versions.

Transition Policy

Single-family homes, multifamily buildings, and residential land developments that want to use the 2008 NGBS must register with the research center within three months of the publication date for the 2012 NGBS. Once registered, single-family homes must be completed within 18 months of the 2012 NGBS publication to attain certification based on the 2008 version; multifamily buildings and land developments must be completed within 36 months of 2012 NGBS publication to attain certification based on the 2008 version. Limited exemptions may be considered for the completion date, but none will be considered for the registration date—specific deadlines will be incorporated into the relevant web pages and disseminated via the center’s Insider Update once the 2012 NGBS publication date is known.

Single-family homes, multifamily buildings, and residential land developments that want to use the 2012 NGBS can begin the preliminary design process now using the draft 2012 NGBS, however, the builder and accredited verifier will need to ensure the building is built in compliance with the final published version, not the draft version. No rough inspections will be allowed to take place until after the 2012 NGBS is published and the accredited verifier performing the inspection is accredited for the 2012 NGBS.

Registration Process

All new projects seeking NGBS certification must register with the center to start the certification process. There is no cost to register, but only an accredited verifier can do so. Builders, developers, or remodelers who wish to have their projects certified should contact an accredited verifier to start the registration process and provide verification services.

For more information, visit www.nahbrc.com/green. You also can subscribe to the Insider Update at www.nahbrc.com/About/Newsletter_Signup.