June 11, 2015 | Upper Marlboro, MD
Home Innovation Research Labs Recognizes NGBS Green Partners of Excellence
Builders, Remodelers, Verifiers, Architects, Program Champions Applauded for Helping Promote High-Performance, Green Home Building
Today, Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes 39 NGBS Green Partners for outstanding contributions to advancing green building in their communities and commitment to voluntary, market-driven, third-party certification of high-performance homes. The 2014-2015 Home Innovation NGBS Green Partners of Excellence include 9 residential building companies; 18 accredited verifiers – including 4 “Rising Stars” and several sustaining partners who’ve been recognized multiple years; 8 architectural firms; and 4 exemplary program advocates from across the country.
“As the home building market continues its rebound,” said Home Innovation Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier, “dedicated partners like these prove that participating in our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t a gimmick or a passing fad – it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the residential marketplace. Others around the industry could certainly benefit from following the lead of these outstanding NGBS Green Partners and building on their success.”
The Partners of Excellence awards provide an opportunity for Home Innovation Research Labs to recognize the leadership, innovation, and excellence of its NGBS Green Certification Program partners and other champions of credible green building in the residential sector. This year’s NGBS Green Partners of Excellence are:
Builders & Remodelers:
- Kyle Abney*, Abney + Abney Green Solutions; Palm City, FL
- Ali Alaswadi*, PEG, LLC; Fairfax, VA
- Steven Armstrong*, Environmental Solutions Group; Greensboro, NC
- Dondi Atwell*, ATS Engineers, Inspectors, and Surveyors; Austin, TX
- Kat Benner*, US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy Solutions; Dallas, TX
- Mark Garner*, Lawrence Abell and Associates Ltd.; LaPlata, MD
- Aaron Gary*, US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy Solutions; Irving, TX
- Joe Gordon*, Joseph Gordon LLC; Georgetown, DE
- Jamie Hager*, Southern Energy Management; Raleigh, NC
- Glenn Haydu, Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners; Lambertville, NJ
- Daniel Mazilu, PDN Consulting, Inc.; Houston, TX
- Brendon Roark*, Nations Capital Energy Solutions; Temple Hills, MD
- Chris Schwarzkopf*, Energy Diagnostics, Inc.; Valparaiso, IN
- Drew Wallace*, econsultants, LLC; Columbia, MO
Verifier Rising Stars
- Damon Barnett, Barnett Associates, Inc.; Evansville, IN
- Jason Biondi, Energy Cost Solutions Group; Miami, FL
- Rachel Della Valle, Southern Energy Management; Raleigh, NC
- Billy Giblin, Nexant, Inc.; Salt Lake City, UT
Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified more than 51,300 green homes, and more than 1,500 lots within green residential land developments. (For more details on current certification numbers, visit www.homeinnovation.com/ngbsgreenstats
For more information on the NGBS or Home Innovation's 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.
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