Why Go Green?

Green buildings are structures built utilizing a definable degree of environmentally friendly products and practices.  They are designed to reduce household operating costs, conserve water and energy, improve resource-efficiency and air quality, and minimize construction waste.

Build Green NJ

Build Green NJ is a program for promoting and certifying residential projects in New Jersey to the National Green Building Standard.  Through the National Green Building Certification Program, it provides the credibility of accredited, third-party verifiers for measuring and validating the degree of “green” achieved by a given project.

To obtain certification, a project is first registered with the National Home Builders Association’s Research Center through an online self-scoring tool.  A builder then contracts with a verifier for validating the level of green achieved.  To start the certification process and obtain a verifier, go to http://www.nahbgreen.org/Certification/homecertification.aspx   A builder can also contract with a verifier to help with the design and self-scoring aspects of the project.

The National Green Building Standard

The National Green Building Standard provides a way to measure and rate a residential project’s green features.  It can be used to certify green attributes of new single-family dwellings, new multi-family units, remodeling (addition & renovation) projects and land developments.

Through a cooperative effort between the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the standard was developed through a true consensus process approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).   The National Green Building Standard (ICC/ANSI 700-2008) can be used by any builder for their individual projects, or be the basis for an incentive driven and voluntary local community or state green building program.

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