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Home Innovation now able to offer Green Appraisal Addendum to NGBS Green Partners.

December 15, 2014 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Home Innovation Enters into Agreement with Appraisal Institute to Issue Green Appraisal Addendum for All NGBS Green Certified Homes

Through a new partnership with the Appraisal Institute, Home Innovation Research Labs is helping builders translate the value of NGBS Green Certification to residential appraisals.

Home Innovation recently entered into an agreement with the Appraisal Institute to license the “Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum.” The Addendum was developed by appraisers as a tool to help ensure home appraisals reflect the intrinsic value of third-party certification and high-performance green and/or energy-efficient features. It can be completed by a home’s builder, remodeler, verifier/rater, appraiser, or anyone else connected to the property to document relevant information about what makes the property more valuable than a comparable code-built home. NGBS Green Certification is one of two national programs specifically recognized on the Addendum, highlighting the certification level achieved, as well as other green features, completed energy audits, and/or local energy incentives available to homeowners.

Beginning this month, builders in the NGBS Green Certification program will receive a partially-completed version of the Addendum for every certified single-family home. Builders will be encouraged to add additional information about the home’s features and provide the Addendum to the appraiser assigned to the home (or the homeowners for use at resale, in the case of remodeling projects).

“Too often, green home features and the reduced operating costs associated with those investments are not recognized and valued during the home appraisal process,” said Michael Luzier, Home Innovation President and CEO. “This licensing partnership will bring added value to all our NGBS Green Partners — marketing value to the builders who have invested in green practices and third-party verified performance standards, as well as fair market value appraisals for residents of those homes.”

For more information on the Appraisal Addendum and other resources for green home appraisals, visit www.homeinnovation.com/GreenHomeAppraisals. For more information about the NGBS Green Certification program, visit www.homeinnovation.com/Green.

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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.