In February, Home Innovation Research Labs, in its capacity as an ANSI-approved standard developer, announced preparations for the development of the 2015 version of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) were officially underway. Home Innovation is again serving as the administrator of the standard development process.

The 2015 version of the NGBS will be the third iteration of this national residential standard. It originally was developed by a consensus committee and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in January 2009, making it the first point-based rating system for green residential construction, remodeling, and land development to be approved by ANSI. 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 updated in 2012 and again approved by ANSI in January 2013.

To be eligible for ANSI approval, the development of the standard must follow an ANSI-approved process, which is now underway with Home Innovation issuing a call for members of the consensus committee that will be charged with developing NGBS updates. Similar to the groups convened to develop the 2008 and 2012 NGBS versions, the committee for the 2015 updates will include government officials, advocacy groups, home builders, product manufacturers, and other affected industry stakeholders.

The committee members and other interested parties will be assigned to task groups, each specializing in a different area of the NGBS—such as energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, or lot and site development. Those interested in serving on the committee must submit their applications online by March 16.

Home Innovation also announced a call for proposed changes to the 2012 NGBS; individuals and groups can submit their changes online before March 24. Task groups will then review the submissions and develop committee proposals.

The consensus committee will hold two hearings in Washington, D.C., in 2014.

• At the first hearing, committee members will initiate the review of all proposed changes to the NGBS, which will include input from members of the relevant task groups.

• At the second hearing, 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 2015.

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