Local Builder Applauded for Excellence in Advancing High-Performance Mainstream Home Building
Spotsylvania, VA 1/3/2017 – Spartan Homes Inc. has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2016. NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program. Being one of an elite group of Home Innovation’s green certification participants to be recognized validates the commitment Spartan Homes Inc. has made to providing its homebuyers with increased value, comfort, durability, and efficiency through its NGBS Green Certified homes.
“As the home building market continues its rebound,” said Home Innovation Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier, “dedicated partners like Spartan Homes Inc. prove that participating in our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t just a passing fad – it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the marketplace. Others around the industry could benefit from following the lead of this year’s Partners of Excellence and building on their success.”
To date, Spartan Homes Inc. has constructed dozens of homes in Louisa, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Stafford and Orange counties that were NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs. These certified homes include energy and resource-conserving features such as, energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, lot development, operation & maintenance, and indoor environmental quality.
To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.
Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified nearly 100,000 green single-family and apartment homes, and more than 1,650 lots within green residential land developments. (For more details on current certification numbers, visit www.homeinnovation.com/ngbsgreenstats.) For more information on NGBS Green Certified homes and Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Partner builders and remodelers, visit www.NGBS.com.