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There are increasing signs that residential green building and remodeling are speeding into the mainstream as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) prepares to cut the ribbon at the 12th annual NAHB National Green Building Conference. 

During the conference Tour of Homes on May 17, attendees will see the depth and breadth of sustainable design and construction in and around Raleigh, N.C., where this year’s event is being held. Projects range from a workforce housing development to a “bells and whistles,” high-end green custom home – and everything in between.

“Our members are leading the way in sustainable design and construction and helping to drive the market toward greener, more efficient home building,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Jones, a home builder in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

For example, more than 5,200 builders, remodelers and other industry professionals – including Jones – have achieved the Certified Green Professional educational designation. It is NAHB’s fastest growing professional designation, and demand for advanced education and professional credentials is strong. To meet that demand, NAHB is introducing an Advanced Green Building Science class in Raleigh for the forthcoming Master Green Professional designation.

In addition, more than 1,000 homes, remodeling projects and residential developments now have National Green Building Certification from the NAHB Research Center, verifying that they have met rigorous benchmarks in energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and other green categories. Among them:

  • • A home lost to an electrical fire was completely rebuilt to the Emerald level, the highest certification under the National Green Building Standard. The single-family house built by NWC Construction of Orlando, Fla., is designed to be at least 60 percent more energy efficient than a conventional home.
  • • A desire to save energy helps drive home buyers to Coolman Communities in Valparaiso, Ind., which just completed its 27th certified green home. “It all comes down to dollars and cents,” said President Bob Coolman.
  • • Rowe Carpentry, which just completed an Emerald-level renovation on a multifamily project in Princeton, N.J., is the first builder to apply the standard and third-party certification to rehabbing a condominium or apartment building.

“Our pioneering green builder members led us here, but green is being embraced by more and more home buyers as we begin to move out of this serious recession,” Jones said. “I’m very proud of our association and the important role we are playing in moving the market toward a greener future.”

Source: National Association of Home Builders

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