The GREEN building boom of the 00's was poised to be an explosion. Housing was producing units at high levels and the green path was starting to take a firm hold. Not just for the chicness of building green; the true value was in the use of sustainable products utilize in an efficient manner to reduce waste. Energy saving were also being proven and the builder's sales team who was proficient in the sales and marketing of this style of home building could help the potential home buyer see the difference and want the difference. The economic housing slowdown, which truly began tail end of '05 saw our country deeply submerged by crisis in '08. Green building stalled because there were no houses of significant numbers being built. Potential home buyers left the market place because of financial uncertainty.
While housing is still slow in some markets, for the most part, housing is climbing back and with it, a return to the heightened awareness of green building. The Home Innovation Research Labs, where I have served as a board member for the past five years, just passed an exciting program milestone; certification of 50,000 homes under the National Green Building Standard Green (NGBS) program! This provides a perfect opportunity to look at what a game-changer the NGBS rating system has been in the home building industry, and celebrate the achievements of both the certification program and our NGBS Green Partners who have sought rigorous, third-party green certification.
My guest blog author today is Michelle Desiderio, Vice President, Innovation Services, Home Innovation Research Labs. Michelle has a very informative message for all of us in the home building industry, including;
|Multi-family Certified to NGBS|
|The 50,000 Home Certified to NGBS|