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Michelle Foster
September 17, 2020

NGBS Version Aversion? How to Pick the Right NGBS Version for Your Project

In early 2020, ANSI approved the fourth version of the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 (NGBS) as an American National Standard. Now, builders and developers have a choice to seek NGBS Green certification based on either the 2015 NGBS or the 2020 NGBS. Which is the best version for your project and your market? Some may presume that compliance with the 2015 NGBS would be less challenging and/or less expensive to achieve compliance. But, don’t be so quick to dismiss the 2020 as a more beneficial option. The 2020 NGBS Consensus Committee made several important improvements that warrant strong consideration before embarking on your next green building project. Check out this post on some factors to consider as you make the decision.

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Michelle Foster
March 16, 2020

How NGBS Green Certification Program is Addressing Issues Associated with COVID-19

The NGBS Green Certification program team is monitoring the ongoing situation affecting the nation and the globe with the coronavirus/COVID-19. We have put certain practices into place and provided guidance to our NGBS Green Verifiers (who are all independent contractors subject to their own business requirements) and other program partners, and will continue to update as best practices and guidance from the CDC dictate.

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Michelle Foster
March 14, 2018

True Value: NGBS Green Certification Lauded for Adding Value for Builders and Homeowners

Greenwashing. Unfortunately, it’s not a new form of consumer deception. But, fortunately, there are both new and improving means of shining a light on those who seek to deceive, as well as recognizing and rewarding those who provide true value with high-performance, green building.

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Michelle Foster
December 8, 2017

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Why work harder to find products that meet your NGBS certification needs, when you can work smarter by specifying NGBS Green Certified Products? Our NGBS Green Certified Product program bridges the gap between manufacturers who produce NGBS-compliant products, and the builders/designers who want to use them.

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Michelle Foster
January 9, 2017

NGBS Green: Keys to Success in 2016 and Beyond

2016 was a good year for NGBS Green, marked by steady growth. As we head into the new year on the brink of recognizing our 100,000th NGBS Green Certified home, it's a good time to reflect on the keys to the market success of green certification and how they will continue to benefit participants going forward.

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Michelle Foster
July 1, 2016

2015 NGBS: Keeping Up With The Times

ANSI approved the 2015 NGBS in April. This latest version preserves the standard's tradition as the building industry’s benchmark for residential projects designed and built for high performance, and makes it easier than ever to incorporate green features into your next project. Find out how Home Innovation's NGBS Green Certification program and its rating system are keeping up with latest in green building.

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Michelle Foster
March 10, 2016

NGBS Green: Getting Better with Age!

Embarking on the 7th year of operation for NGBS Green, Home Innovation Research Labs has made some program improvements -- some big, some not so big, but all geared toward delivering the most responsive, reliable, and cost-effective green home certification program available.

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Michelle Foster
November 19, 2015

Don't Mess with FTC: Substantiate Your Green Marketing Claims

The FTC is becoming ever more vigilant on pursuing those who mislead consumers on the "green" attributes of their products. While homes are very different than cleaning products and other consumer goods, find out why Home Innovation’s NGBS Green certification program offers a safe haven for builders to deliver consumers green, high performance homes, and not run afoul of the FTC.

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Michelle Foster
October 9, 2015

Is It Really All About That Price? Not Likely!

Many builders mistakenly believe that green certified homes are a niche product; that only the most environmentally-conscious consumers care about green features. Instead, they reason, homebuyers are all about the sales price. Find out why, more and more, that's simply not the case.

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Michelle Foster
September 18, 2015

Kaizen is Key to the Success of NGBS Green

Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement; a belief that big results come from many small changes accumulated over time. In the six years since Home Innovation played a critical role in the development of the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 (NGBS) and began to offer NGBS Green Certification to the residential industry, our kaizen approach has helped drive our success.

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Author Bio
Michelle Foster, Vice President, Sustainability
Michelle Foster
Vice President, Sustainability

You can usually find Michelle on the road touting the benefits of our green building certification program based on the ANSI-approved National Green Building Standard™. Prior to joining Home Innovation Research Labs, Michelle cultivated decades of housing experience in planning, environmental, land use, and financing issues.