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2008 National Green Building Standard

A collaborative effort between the ICC and NAHB, the Standard provides the “green” practices that can be incorporated into new homes including multifamily buildings, home remodeling and additions, hotels and motels, and the site upon which the green homes are located. The green practices include lot design, preparation and development; resource, energy, and water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; and operation, maintenance, and building owner education. The four threshold levels, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald provide builders with a means to achieve basic, entry-level green building, or achieve the highest level of sustainable “green” building that incorporates energy savings of 60 percent or higher. The Standard can be used by any builder for individual projects, or be the basis for a local community or state green building program.

2012 National Green Building Standard

The ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) is the only ANSI-approved standard for sustainable residential construction. A collaborative effort between the ICC and NAHB, NGBS outlines the green practices that can be incorporated into new homes, including multifamily buildings, as well as home remodeling and additions, hotels and dormitories, and residential land developments.

The green practices address site and lot design, preparation and development; resource, energy, and water efficiency; indoor environmental quality; and operation, maintenance, and building owner education.

Four levels—Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald—enable residential professionals to go green at a level most appropriate for their businesses and specific housing markets, with Emerald homes incorporating energy savings of 50% or more over national model codes adopted around the country.

Changes for the 2012 Edition
The 2012 edition incorporates changes that make NGBS easier to use, align provisions with the latest model codes, and build upon the years of experience of building and certifying to the 2008 edition. Some of the more notable updates include:

  • The Energy Efficiency Chapter has been substantially revised with the new more stringent rating levels based on whole-house energy savings above the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code.
  • The remodeling provisions have been incorporated into two new standalone chapters and include options for rating an entire remodeled building or achieving minimum compliance for a remodeled functional area such as a kitchen, bathroom, basement or addition.
  • The point assignments for Water Efficiency practices have been reanalyzed to achieve an improved internal consistency with regard to actual water savings.
  • The durability provisions have been reorganized, expanded and compiled into a single section as part of the Resource Efficiency Chapter.

Build Green & Save

This insider’s guide to residential green building leads you through the actual residential construction process and details how you can apply green building techniques that will benefit your business, your relationships with your customers, your reputation, and your bottom line.
Matthew Belcher shares his 30+ years of experience as a successful green builder to help you on your way to

  • identifying and selecting green building materials
  • implementing green construction techniques
  • explaining the benefits of green housing to your customers
  • offering affordable green building solutions to your customers
  • creating healthier homes
  • marketing your environmentally sound practices

Build Green & Save is your first step towards securing an environmentally sound future for generations to come


Green Building Strategies

Gain Confidence with Green Construction
Are you overwhelmed trying to comply with new energy code requirements, understand green building standards, sort out product manufacturers’ claims, and answer buyers’ questions about high performance homes? This book will turn your consternation into confidence by helping you understand, construct, and communicate better about green homes. A succinct guide to current best practices for designing, constructing, testing, and ensuring longevity for new high performance homes, this book is a must for every builder’s bookshelf. Author Jeannie Leggett Sikora (Profit from Building Green) explains in plain language what’s happening in the rapidly evolving field of building science. You’ll learn how to build high performance energy-efficient green homes to satisfy buyers and stay ahead of your competitors.

  Green Building Strategies takes you step-by-step from design through site development and construction, quality assurance, marketing, and customer service. It provides the information you need to systematically create green projects with a price tag both you and your buyers can accept and URLs for essential online green building resources.


Green Models for Site Development

This handy field guide will help you capitalize on existing desirable land features when planning and designing projects under the National Green Building Standard™. Through five comprehensive case studies you’ll see how other builders and developers earned the highest green ratings and home buyer approval by preserving on-site natural beauty, limiting the development footprint, and reducing outdoor maintenance. Whether you are building on an urban infill lot, developing a rural site, or reclaiming a suburban greyfield, this book will help you construct communities that reflect a green lifestyle.


Learn how to

  • Design properties to ensure they are at least as green as the homes that will be built on them
  • Achieve maximum points for each lot/land development practice required by the NGBS
  • Reduce traffic, noise, and heat islands
  • Decrease pollution and recycle land development waste
  • Limit clearing and grading
  • Create landscaping that conserves water
  • Protect and preserve trees as a desirable amenity
  • Apply green development techniques to a storm water management strategy
  • Minimize environmental disruption from utility lines

Green Models for Site Development includes the actual scoring sheets from the National Green Building Standard™ Commentary that details the intent of each land and lot development practice, and educational resources to help you master the art of green land development.

National Green Building Standard Commentary

National Green Building Standard™ Commentary, this companion to the ANSI approved ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard provides valuable insight to the intention and implementation of the practices and provisions found in the Standard. Developed with the input of members of the ICC 700-2008 Consensus Committee who developed the Standard, the Commentary is a useful resource for any designer or builder using the ICC 700-2008 as a rating system for developing or renovating residential properties of all types to reduce their relative environmental impact. The Commentary expands on the compliance language in the ICC 700-2008, including:

- Scope & Administration

- Compliance Method for all applications of the ICC 700-2008 including:

  • Single family and multifamily new construction
  • Renovations and additions
  • Green subdivision development

- Requirements and prescriptions for all chapters within the ICC 700-2008:

  • Site design & development
  • Lot design, preparation, and development
  • Resource efficiency
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Operation, maintenance and building owner education