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With an NGBS Green Certified home, “going green” has never been easier, or more affordable. When you see our mark, you can feel confident knowing that your home meets the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 (NGBS). It’s more than a mark, it’s a commitment to bettering our planet and improving your life.

The National Green Building Standard

The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is the only green building rating system for homes and apartments approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as an American National Standard. The NGBS provides a blueprint for builders to follow for the design and construction of new and renovated single-family homes and multifamily apartment buildings.

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Lot Development
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • One year walkthrough
  • Indoor Enviromental Quality

Green Features and Benefits To You

A home or multifamily building can attain one of four performance levels — Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Emerald. For a building to attain any level of NGBS Green certification, all of the applicable mandatory provisions must be correctly implemented. You can rest assured that any home with an NGBS Green Certified mark on it is green, top to bottom. But the NGBS allows four certification levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald – so builders can provide options based on market preferences, homebuyer budgets, and other regional or cultural influences.

NGBS Green is the only residential green certification program that requires increasingly higher point thresholds in ALL categories in order for a home to reach the next level of certification. This NGBS difference ensures that, no matter the certification level, the home is green in all aspects; not just extremely energy efficient, for example, with little regard for indoor environmental quality or how the home relates to the surrounding community and amenities.

How the Various NGBS Certification Levels Compare

The Value of Third Party Certification

Lots of builders claim their homes are green. But without a NGBS Green Certification issued by Home Innovation Research Labs, you have to take the builder’s word that the green features are installed correctly. Independent, third-party certification is your proof that a home or apartment building is, in fact, NGBS compliant and truly green.
Every NGBS Green Certified home is inspected in-person at least twice by an experienced NGBS Green Verifier; an inspector independent from the builder who has been accredited by Home Innovation. Before a verifier can award the home points for the green practices claimed by the builder, he or she must visually inspect nearly every one of the green practices, products, and technologies to ensure they are installed correctly.

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