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1 National Green Building Standard March 2010

2 OVERVIEW NAHB Research Center National Green Building Standard Green Approved Products 2

3 3 NAHB Research Center History Founded in 1964 Independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of NAHB Fee-for-service research firm Originally a small product testing lab Grown to full-service housing technology/product research firm

4 4 Mission To improve the durability, affordability, and environmental performance of housing Methodology Remove barriers to innovation

5 Innovation Impediments Dominance of small firms Lack of industry integration Poor flow of information among industry players High cost of deployment Diverse, local building codes 5

6 6 State-of-the-Art Lab & Market Research Facility

7 Capabilities Market Research Lab Testing & Certification Third-party accredited Product, Materials, and Systems Testing Field Evaluations & Demonstrations Research Center Park demo homes Customized analysis Code Compliance Information Dissemination 7

8 Air Infiltration Testing 8 TestDescriptionCFM @ 0.1 W.C. CFM @ 0.3 W.C. 1-2inset FG batt no house wrap3.67.2 1-2Ainset FG batt house wrap0.861.8 1-2Binset FG batt taped house wrap0.370.35 % reduction by adding house wrap 76% 75% % reduction with taping house wrap seams: From no house wrap 90% 95% From with house wrap 57% 80%

9 9 Green Certification to the National Green Building Standard Served as Secretariat for the Standard Provide certification services to the National Green Building Standard Qualify, train, and accredit verifiers Provide national oversight and interpretation Issue Green Certified mark

10 10 National Green Building Standard ANSI-accredited January 2009 Collaboration between International Code Council and NAHB

11 Builder Interest in Green No Interest12% Considering Green20% Learning How to Build Green23% Build Non-Certified Green Homes28% Build Certified Green Homes17% TOTAL100% 11 Source: 2009 Home Builder Omnibus Survey, NAHB Research Center

12 12 Key Elements  ANSI-approved consensus standard  Free web-based Green Scoring Tool  Third-party verification of all points claimed  Applies to all residential projects  Requires progressively higher levels of environmental performance in every category to obtain higher levels of green certification

13 13 Program Features Philosophy Bring green into mainstream Written in code language for familiarity Flexibility Expansive point-based system More flexibility, without less rigor One standard for all residential Cost Green Scoring Tool – “no cost to entry” Work directly with Verifier Fees are affordable

14 Multi-family Buildings 14 All units must have green practice for points Includes MF remodeling One verification report per building Mixed-use ok

15 Green Remodel Path Available for homes pre-1980 Requires: Improve energy efficiency Reduce water usage Implement indoor air quality measures Strictly performance based 15

16 Land Development Certify to One, Two, Three, and Four Stars Performance criteria Chapter 4 in Standard Certification at either design stage, completion, or in phases 16

17 17 DOE Builders Challenge Program Goal Cost-neutral Net-Zero Energy Home Anywhere in US by 2030 220,000 high performance homes by 2012 70 threshold on E-Scale Meet Builders Challenge Quality Criteria Incremental increases to 2030 Seamlessly integrated with Certification Green Scoring Tool Dual Certification

18 18 Certification to the Standard Standard defines green Project verification ensures compliance National certification ensures consistency

19 THE GREEN SCORING TOOL The TurboTax ® for the Standard 19

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21 GREEN APPROVED PRODUCTS Products pre-approved for points under Standard 21

22 22 Green Approved Products Pre-approved points for products Assists builders with making product choices Link in Green Scoring Tool Simplifies specifications and field inspections Simple and seamless process for builders to select products

23 23 Approved Products Integrated with Green Scoring Tool

24 24 Product Listing on


26 Affiliated HBAs 26

27 27 Local Green Building Programs

28 28 Program Accomplishments Accredited Verifiers392 Projects Scored 12334 Green Approved Products 113 Builders381 Certified Projects 850 Scheduled Inspections523


30 Michelle Desiderio Director, Green Building Programs NAHB Research Center 400 Prince George’s Blvd  Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 t 800-638-8556 f 301-430-6180

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