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March 5, 2014 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Vermont QAP for Low-Income Multifamily Housing Recognizes NGBS Green Certification

The National Green Building Standard™ (ICC 700-2008) was initially approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard on January 29, 2009. As part of a subsequent updating and maintenance effort for the standard, the 2012 version of the NGBS (ICC 700-2012) was approved by ANSI on January 10, 2013. The NGBS provides criteria for rating the environmental impact of design and construction practices to achieve conformance with specified performance levels for green residential buildings.

Since being approved by ANSI, municipalities and government officials have consistently deemed the NGBS on par or superior to other residential green rating systems. Last month, the Vermont Housing Finance Authority deemed NGBS Green certification as on-par with LEED H and Enterprise Green Communities. The 2014 Qualified Allocation Plan, which was submitted to Governor Shumlin for final approval, gives preference to housing projects that will be certified to one of the three programs. For more information, see the complete QAP online at www.vhfa.org.

For a complete listing of all known incentives available for NGBS-certified projects, visit www.HomeInnovation.com/NGBSGreenIncentives.

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ABOUT: Home Innovation Research Labs, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home building products – in short, we aim to perfect the home. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), our team has been integral in solving many of our client’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of the most groundbreaking innovations in residential construction. Through an interdisciplinary research approach – including market research, building science analysis, laboratory testing, and standards development – we help to find a home for innovation in the residential construction industry.

NOTE TO EDITORS ON STYLE USAGE: To identify this company and its work correctly, first reference should be "Home Innovation Research Labs." In subsequent mentions, "Home Innovation Labs” or simply “Home Innovation” are acceptable and accurate alternative references; we are not identified by an acronym. Prior to February 12, 2013, the company was known as the NAHB Research Center.