Build Green Connecticut & National Green Building Certification Program
(9-19-13) Energize Connecticut - Save money through energy efficiency programs. See YouTube video on how it works.
ANSI Approves 2012 ICC 700-National Green Building Standard - from NAHB (1-23-13), highlighting the next generation of the NGBS from Home Innovation Research Labs.
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Build Green Connecticut
Green Homes Council
National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
NGBS Comparison to LEED
CT's Green Building Code
Other Green & Energy Efficiency Resources
The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut is bringing green to the mainstream with Build Green ConnecticutTM. Based on the Home Innovation Research Lab's National Green Building Certification ProgramTM, it includes the first and only ANSI-certified, green building standard in the nation (the NGBS, or National Green Building Standard, ICC 700-2012). In late September, 2008, the HBRACT's Build Green Connecticut program was one of the first in the nation to formally affiliate with what is now known as the Home Innovation Research Lab's National Green Building Certification Program. The original ICC 700-2008 NGBS was recently replaced by the next generation standard, ICC 700-2012.
Many thanks to Pete Fusaro, Preferred Builders, Riverside, and chair of the HBRACT Green Homes Council, for serving on the NGBS Water Efficiency task group, one of seven groups that worked to update the standard to the 2012 version.
What is green building? Green homes incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the building and development process to minimize environmental impact.
Build Green ConnecticutTM offers resources and connections for anyone interested in green homes:
- JOIN the HBRACT Green Homes Council: (Click for Tri-fold brochure) The Council provides a forum for professionals in the residential building and remodeling industry in the state to learn about and share information on green building. Membership is available to all professionals in the residential construction and development industry. Click here for an application, or call 860-216-5858.
- A Certified Green Professional designation that enables housing industry professionals to gain and market green experience. See the HBRA of CT's honor roll of certified members for CGPs in Connecticut.
- Promoting the use of the National Green Building Standard - see below.
The Home Innovation Research Labs' rigorous ICC-700 National Green Building Standard helps you demonstrate your green homes and products to environmentally conscious consumers.
The Home Innovation Research Lab continually updates the number of homes, MF units and developments certified under the National Green Building Standard: See Certification Activity in Real Time; For state-specific information, click here (although only those projects chosen by the builder to be listed are noted; for various reasons some clients want to remain unlisted); For more information, go to www.nahbgreen.org
- A certification program that enables builders and consumers in Connecticut to assure their homes are green.
- Transition to the 2012 NGBS - Frequently Asked Questions (10-26-12)
- Rating System Overview - The National Green Building Standard (ICC 700-2008) is the first residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval. The four threshold levels - Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald - allow builders to achieve entry-level green building, or the highest level of sustainable "green" building incorporating energy savings of 60% or more. Single-family & multi-unit homes, residential remodeling projects, and site developments are all covered in the Standard. The standard covers seven areas: lot design and preparation; resource efficiency; energy efficiency; water efficiency; indoor environmental quality and comfort; operation, maintenance, and homeowner education; and global impact. Note: the predecessor voluntary Green Building "Guidelines" were phased out in late 2010, entirely replaced with the National Green Building Standard.
- See what cities and states have done to incentivize use of the NGBS (9-2011).
- Purchase the National Green Building StandardTM (NGBS) by clicking on the image below. At the BuilderBooks site, click on Codes & Regulations and follow the links to purchase.
- The program includes an online Green Scoring Tool that allows builders and consumers to gauge how green their projects will be (you can also download at the scoring tool site an Excel spreadsheet to score your homes offline).
- NGBS Green Approved Products
- Verifier training and accreditation to insure that certification is accurate, consistent, neutral, and technically rigorous. Interested in finding or becoming a 3rd party NGBS verifier? Click here.
Green Home Rating Systems Comparison - 22 pg report comparing NGBS to LEED-H
Critique of the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Rating System - Note: the LEED rating system has not been approved as a standard by any objective, standards development organization (9-2008)
US Green Building Council responds to the critique - USGBC is the private group that created the LEED rating system (9-2008)
NAHB National Green Building Brochure - explains the National Green Building Guidelines and Standard; also contains a cost comparison to LEED
Problems with LEED Standards in City and State Building Codes (Nov. 2008, from ICSC)
See our Green Building Codes & Standards page for information on CT's green building code statute, the so-called "30% Solution" and more.
Reuse Marketplace - "A free regional network to find, sell, trade, or give away reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash...." (11-28-12)
The Appraisal Institute has proposed a Residential Green Building Addendum for public consideration - click here ; see also from the National Assoc. of Realtors, its resources to help green the MLS. For more on appraisals, click here.
DEEP's First Energy Efficiency Program Ready to Roll (10-11-11)
Solving the Mystery of Building Green Homes - Oct. 13, 2011, for Builders & Remodelers, a walk-through on the Nat'l Green Building Standard and how to get your homes certified, including an Exclusive HBRA Member Opportunity.
Forest Service Report Documents Environmental Benefits of Wood as a Green Building Material (9-29-11)
Energy Efficiency Tax Credit Extended through 2011 - tax package includes extension of credit, but value is reduced.
NBN article: Appraisers making headway in recognizing value of green home features (5-16-11)
Historic Changes to Energy Efficiency Requirements Coming in 2012 IECC - including deleting the Energy Chapter from the 2012 IRC and replacing it with a reference to the IECC (from US DOE, 11-30-1010)
White House Programs to Promote Energy Efficiency Retrofits (from NAHB, 11-15-2010)
Time is Running Out to Take Advantage of Energy-Efficient Tax Credits (11-1-2010)
Sunlight Construction's Zero Energy Challenge home featured in Hartford Business Journal (7-26-2010)
Loans for Green Homes (New York Times, 2-3-2010)
Federal Stimulus Package Includes Grant Program to Enhance Building Code Enforcement - grants are tied to enforcement of energy code requirements; from International Code Council (ICC) (3-31-2009)
Comprehensive List of Incentives & Policies for Renewables & Efficiency by State (from NC State University)
CL&P Home Energy Solutions
Expiring Federal Energy Tax Incentive Extended - from NAHB (10-6-2008); including Tax Credits for Existing Home Improvements (11-28-2008) - Remodelers and home owners - take note
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs - An exhaustive report from the State legislature's Program Review & Investigations Committee on the state's and utilities' programs related to energy efficiency and conservation (9-25-2008)
Setting the Standard Newsletter - from the U.S. Dept of Energy: Building Energy Codes Program
CT Clean Energy Fund - Information on incentives & rebates for installing clean energy technologies.
CT Energy Efficiency Fund - Information on incentives & rebates for installing energy efficient technologies.
National Green Building StandardTM Receives ANSI Approval - Read the press release (NAHB 1-29-2009).
Green Building Demand Keeps Business Pumping, Survey Says (6-24-2008)
Certified Green Professional Ranks Continue to Grow (6-24-2008)
Before You Build Green - A Primer to Avoid Liability - from NAHB (10-14-08)
Green Liability Issues - from Shipman & Goodwin LLP (10-21-08)
Study Shows How to Combine SIPs Roofs and Concrete Walls - from NAHB (10-28-2008)