"The guidelines are revolutionary because they will help all builders, not just niche builders, construct more energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive new homes in different price ranges and climate conditions," said Ray Tonjes, a home builder from Austin, Texas, and chair of NAHB's Green Building Subcommittee. "NAHB's Model Green Home Building Guidelines are a milestone in our efforts to provide safe, decent, affordable housing for all Americans and to help conserve our environment."
Green building has primarily been the province of high-end, niche builders who cater to a wealthy clientele, says the association. NAHB undertook the guidelines project a year ago at the urging of members who need research and education on building resource-efficient homes that are both affordable and customized to local conditions.
The guidelines cover such areas as:
Developed for single-family homes, the guidelines also are applicable for multifamily and custom homes as well as remodeling projects for existing homes.
Publication date: 02/07/2005