National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
"Going Green" has never been easier or more affordable than with National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS).
NGBS: Designed & Constructed to a Higher Standard
Homes with the NGBS Green Certified mark are green, top to bottom!
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 multi-family apartment buildings.
Why are NGBS homes better?
Simply put, green homes are better built homes! Green homes are designed and constructed to be healthier, more comfortable, have lower operating costs, be more durable, require less maintenance, and be part of a sustainable lifestyle. The NGBS certification goes well beyond saying that a home is energy-efficient; it provides independent, third-party verification that a home, apartment building, or land development is designed and built to achieve high-performance in six key areas:
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Efficiency
- Resource Efficiency
- Lot Development & Site Design
- Building Operation & Maintenance
- Indoor Environmental Quality
When you see the NGBS 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!
How do the various certification levels compare?
A home or multi-family 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.
Ensure Optimal Performance with Third-Party Value
Experienced verifiers streamline the process and deliver invaluable value and expertise!
Builders look to accredited NGBS Green Verifiers such as EnergyLogic early on in their projects to help oversee the process from the design phase throughout construction. The builder and verifier relationship is a critical component to help streamline the process and ensure optimal performance of the building.
Multiple visual inspections at various phases ensure that all green building practices, products, and technologies are installed correctly to achieve program compliance. Even small things that are caught earlier on in the process can significantly impact the performance of the building and, most importantly, the health of the occupants.
Attaining NGBS Green certification for your projects is an exciting achievement for the whole project team. We are a partner invested in getting the entire team on board early and helping to equip everyone for success in reaching this shared goal!