National Green Building Standard (NGBS)
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More information about this certification
Explain briefly what is the basic certification process (application, inspection, completion)?
Score the home; Hire an NGBS Green Accredited Verifier; Start Construction; Verifier inspects home before drywall is installed; complete Builder Application Packet; Complete Home; Verifier completes final inspection; if everything is accurate and complete Home Innovation issues the NGBS Green certificate
Approximately how long does it take for a home to get certified?
If everything is accurate and complete and the certification fee is paid, one business day.
What is the cost for a single family home?
The certification fee is $200.
What makes you different from other certifications?
We are affordable, flexible, and yet the most rigorous green certification available. We are the only ANSI approved green building rating system for homes and the NGBS is specifically designed for residential buildings.
Do you focus primarily on energy efficiency or multiple elements for certification and what are they?
No, we are a comprehensive green certification with minimum thresholds for all of the categories: Lot Selection, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Water Efficiency, and Owner operation and Maintenance.
Approximately how many certifications have been completed?
85, 147 homes since 2009. Our real time counter is here: http://www.homeinnovation.com/services/certification/green_homes/resources/certification_activity_report
Please describe the region you cover, if not national.
Are renovations/remodels eligible for certification, or is it primarily new construction?
Yes of all scopes – from a small functional area remodel (kitchen, bathroom, basement), to a minor whole house, to a gut rehab.