It's a basic rule of business: if you're not moving forward, you get left behind – and the green building market is no exception. With the ink barely dry on the 2012 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), Home Innovation Research Labs is starting the development of the 2015 NGBS. It will take us about two years to fulfill ANSI’s demanding requirements and comprehensive process. That's why it's critical that we start early to have a completed NGBS when the market is ready.
Adherence to ANSI rules, and final review and approval by ANSI, are an important hallmark of the NGBS for at least six reasons.
During the International Builders Show last month, Home Innovation issued committee applications and a call for proposed changes to the 2012 NGBS. All interested parties can submit an application to be on the NGBS Consensus Committee – the lack of any barriers to participation is another hallmark of the ANSI process. From these applications, Home Innovation will appoint a committee of 30+ industry professionals with a broad range of expertise in green construction, balanced between the three major member categories mentioned above.
For the NGBS process, Users are typically represented by practicing professionals such as architects, developers, and builders; Producers by product manufacturers; and General Interest by code officials and federal, state, and local government agencies. Each of these groups may have a different perspective on each issue brought up in front of the committee, so it's important that each of these groups is well represented, to avoid dominance by any one category.
Because the NGBS covers nearly all technical aspects of residential construction from land development to homeowner education, it is also important that the committee has access to critical technical expertise on a broad range of relevant subjects. In addition to appointing experienced industry professionals to serve on the Consensus Committee, several Task Groups are assembled – each with a specific area of expertise – to support the committee. Although it is the committee's decision that matters in the end, the task groups play an important role of advising the committee on complex technical matters.
Follow the development of the 2015 NGBS at www.homeinnovation.com/ngbs. The March 16, 2014, deadline is fast approaching, but there is still time to apply for the Consensus Committee or a Task Group. Propose changes to the Standard by March 24, 2014. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.***