The 50,000th home under the National Green Building Standard program through Home Innovation Research Labs was certified in North Carolina.
Home Innovation Research Labs announced that it certified the 50,000th home under its National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certification Program.
Saussy Burbank was the builder behind the milestone home located in the Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Matt Dovenbarger of Southern Energy Management verified the home following its completion.
The NGBS program has proven to be accessible and practical for green home building. The program is expected to improve as new standards are created following a public comment period that ended in April.
“When we launched the NGBS Green Certification program in January 2009 in the midst of the housing downturn it may have seemed counterintuitive to voluntarily build homes to an above-code green standard, and pay to have those homes scrutinized under a rigorous third-party certification protocol,” said Michael Luzier, Home Innovation’s president and CEO. “But forward-thinking builders didn’t see it that way at all. They saw NGBS Green as a way to emerge from the downturn by building better, higher-performing, and more marketable homes. Homes that smart consumers were seeking, and continue to seek today, as evidenced by the volume of homes we’ve already certified and more than ever in our certification pipeline.”
A presentation and celebration of the milestone took place on May 2 at the Briar Chapel community information center in Chapel Hill for the Green Home Tour kick-off.