Home Innovation Insights

Insider insights on what's going on in the home building industry.

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
September 24, 2021

How HUD Transformed the Multifamily Market Via Green Incentives & Policy

A little more than a decade ago, homes and apartments lagged in earning green certification. USGBC’s LEED rating system had launched 10 years prior with help from the Federal Energy Management Program, and increasingly offices, educational buildings, medical facilities, and other commercial buildings were earning green certification for their green, high-performance features.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
August 25, 2021

Quick QAP Recap: August 2021

Home Innovation actively advocates for third-party certified, green, affordable housing by providing input for state Qualified Allocation Plan (QAPs). QAPs specify a state agency’s allocation of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Most QAPs include criteria for energy efficiency and green building, and nearly 30 states specify green building certification as a requirement or point-based incentive. When third-party green certification is included within a QAP, NGBS Green Certification is typically recognized alongside other credible national green building programs. NGBS Green certification is affordable to implement, making it ideally suited for affordable housing.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Products, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
August 9, 2021

$o Many Rea$on$ to Get NGB$ Green Certified

Some multifamily developers forego seeking green building certification because they believe the costs are too high. It can cost a lot – but not for the reasons they may be thinking. Ultimately, it’s not that the costs are too high to earn the green certification – rather, it is the opportunity cost of leaving tens of thousands of dollars of incentive financing on the table when they don’t have a green certification. As these developers finalize their permanent financing, they realize how green certification would have more than paid for itself (many times over) if only they had added it as a design objective prior to construction.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
August 6, 2021

Deep Dive: How State LIHTC Programs Reference Third-Party Green Building Programs

State Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) specify a state agency’s allocation of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). To encourage the development of residences that support their sustainability, resilience, and healthy housing goals, states can provide federal housing tax credits to developers that build green certified housing. Comprehensive green building programs help to ensure that projects funded by housing credits will not only create new housing opportunities, but also ensure that people living in affordable housing can live healthier, spend less money on utilities, and have more opportunities with access to transportation, better quality food, and health care.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Products, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
June 16, 2021

Voice of the Verifier: Drew Smith, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier on the 2021 TNAR Show Home

Every couple weeks we allow a green blog takeover by one of our NGBS Green program’s Verifier influencers with green expertise to share. Today's takeover-er is Drew Smith, of Two Trails, Inc., an NGBS Green MASTER Verifier with many years of experience verifying The New American Home (TNAH) and The New American Remodel (TNAR) show homes that are featured at the International Builders’ Show annually. Find out some of the unique challenges and opportunities that he and the project team for the 2021 TNAR experienced.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
June 4, 2021

Voice of the Verifier: Abe Kruger, NGBS Green Verifier

Come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are allowing a green blog media takeover and granting posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Today's takeover-er is Abe Kruger, SK Collaborative and an accredited NGBS Green Verifier. Read on to see what Abe has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
May 25, 2021

Quick QAP Recap

Home Innovation actively advocates for third-party certified, green, affordable housing by providing input for state Qualified Allocation Plan (QAPs). QAPs specify a state agency’s allocation of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Most QAPs include criteria for energy efficiency and green building, and nearly 30 states specify green building certification as a requirement or point-based incentive. When third-party green certification is included within a QAP, NGBS Green Certification is typically recognized alongside other credible national green building programs. NGBS Green certification is affordable to implement, making it ideally suited for affordable housing.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Products, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
May 21, 2021

Voice of the Verifier: Sara Collier, NGBS Green Verifier

Come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are allowing a green blog media takeover and granting posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Today's takeover-er is Sara Collier, Southern Energy Management and an accredited NGBS Green Verifier. Read on to see what Sara has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{01401A47-439F-49DE-B304-7595E0498990}
May 6, 2021

Decisions, Decisions: Choosing the Best Multifamily NGBS Energy Efficiency Compliance Option

There are many benefits to energy-efficient buildings. For multifamily buildings, these include lower operating costs for common areas, eligibility for preferred financing incentives, higher valuation on resale, greater marketability of the building to renters, lower utility bills, better quality, and increased comfort. When it comes to residential energy efficiency, there are basically two options for demonstrating energy compliance to the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 (NGBS): the Prescriptive and the Performance.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
April 15, 2021

Voice of the Verifier: Stephen Evanko, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, LEED AP, BPI – MFBA & HHE

Come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are allowing a green blog media takeover and granting posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Today's takeover-er is Stephen Evanko, LEED AP, BPI – MFBA & HHE, Managing Director of Energy and Sustainability for Dominion Due Diligence and an accredited NGBS Green MASTER Verifier. Read on to see what Stephen has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
April 8, 2021

Resilience is Key (Part 2): Q&A with James Williams, PE, CE, SE, AIA

Recently, Home Innovation had a chance to discuss resilience in the context of sustainability and building performance with James M Williams PE, CE, SE, AIA, who authored the resilience section of the 2020 NGBS.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
March 29, 2021

Resilience is Key: New NGBS Options

By most measures, 2020 was the year of COVID-19. Yet while the pandemic raged, there was no shortage of climate/weather disasters in the United States. In 2020, the U.S. suffered through 22 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each. These events included one drought, 13 severe storms, 7 tropical cyclones, and one wildfire event. 2020 set a new annual record of 22 events - shattering the previous annual record of 16 events that occurred in 2011 and 2017. Together these events were responsible for 262 deaths and over $93 billion in costs. And the hits just kept coming since then – e.g., “snow-mageddon” in Texas in early 2021, for which the total damages and long-term impacts are still being calculated, tornadoes earlier this month in Central Texas, as well as flooding events in the Southeastern U.S./Gulf Coast region.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
March 12, 2021

Voice of the Verifier: Thiel Butner, NGBS Green Verifier

Come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are allowing a green blog media takeover and granting posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Today's takeover-er is Thiel Butner, Managing Principal of Pando Alliance and NGBS Accredited Verifier. Read on to see what Theil has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{38818889-2ED1-4ED5-9CB8-F036505C033C}
March 1, 2021

Are Your Plumbing Products Designed for Reliability?

Today’s customers, both building professionals and homeowners, have increased their expectations of manufacturers for high quality, reliable products. Product testing identifies problems encountered during construction or service life due to poor durability, strength, or performance. Increase the quality and reliability of your products by detecting failures, pinpointing probable deficiencies, and confirming your product will maintain performance throughout its lifecycle.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Building Practices

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
February 25, 2021

Don’t Be a Drip: Get WaterSense Certification with NGBS Green

Buyers of green homes want to avoid wasting water and save money with lower water bills. Water efficiency can also increase energy savings for buyers and renters, as less energy is required for hot water heating compared to typical home design. Research has shown that buyers are willing to spend from 1-4% of a home’s purchase price for third-party green certifications, such as Home Innovation’s NGBS Green, which all include some element of water and other resource efficiency. Most recently, NAHB’s 2021 What Home Buyers Really Want survey says nearly 50% of homebuyers are willing to pay at least an additional $500 for a home that meets an above-code standard for water efficiency. 

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Products, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
February 19, 2021

Voice of the Verifier: Jamie Carr, NGBS Green Verifier

Come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are allowing a green blog media takeover and granting posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Today's takeover-er is Jamie Carr, Partner at Eco Achievers and NGBS Accredited Master Verifier. Read on to see what Jamie has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{01401A47-439F-49DE-B304-7595E0498990}
February 12, 2021

2 Critical Calculations for Consumer Comfort: ACH and ELR

“There’s no place like home!” But surely even Dorothy Gale wouldn’t have wanted to go back if home was hot and humid or cold and dry. Comfort is the appeal that draws residents home every day. Whether they think about it or not, the climate and air quality in homes can make the difference in how comfortable the residents and their guests feel. Most home owners or renters turn on the air conditioner in the summer and the heater in the winter with limited knowledge about how these systems work. Builders don’t have that option – you must know all the important factors that go into calculating building envelope tightness, which ultimately lead to resident comfort.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{01401A47-439F-49DE-B304-7595E0498990}
February 5, 2021

Putting the EE in GREEN: Energy Efficiency Compliance for Single-Family NGBS Green Certification

NGBS Green Certified homes perform better than code minimum homes in many ways, but energy efficiency is one of the most tangible benefits to homebuyers. Benefits of an energy-efficient home include lower utility bills, increased comfort, and improved resale value. When it comes to energy efficiency, there are two options for demonstrating compliance to the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 (NGBS) – the Prescriptive Path or the Performance Path.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
January 26, 2021

Everything Old Can Be Green Again: 2020 NGBS Enhancements for Existing Buildings

Compared to code-minimum buildings, NGBS Green Certified new buildings use less energy, waste less water, help manage stormwater better, and have improved indoor air quality, among other benefits. But, while the benefits of new NGBS Green buildings are significant, they pale in comparison to the benefits when project teams use the NGBS to guide their building renovations and conversions. The number of new buildings constructed each year is a very small percentage of existing buildings, so the NGBS’s potential for mitigating the impacts of older, inefficient buildings and improving the living conditions for the occupants of these buildings is critical. Find out more about the remodeling and renovation options now available in the NGBS.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
January 22, 2021

Voice of the Verifier: Laurie Colwander, NGBS Green Verifier

Come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are allowing a green blog media takeover and granting posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Today's takeover-er is Laurie Colwander from Southern Energy Management. Read on to see what Laurie has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
January 15, 2021

WRI — the New “MPG” Metric for Home Water Use

As consumers, we appreciate the opportunity to use performance metrics to estimate the total cost of ownership of our vehicles, homes, and appliances. Since 1977, a miles per gallon (or MPG) metric has been displayed prominently on vehicle labels. Consumers rely on that metric for understanding how much it would cost to operate a vehicle for their daily commute, errands, and social activities. No matter how stylish, roomy, or tech-enabled a vehicle is, I couldn’t imagine purchasing it before researching that MPG value.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Products, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
January 7, 2021

Commercial Product Manufacturers — Get Your Products NGBS Green Certified

With the release of the 2020 NGBS, the scope of Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Certification expanded, making the program even more relevant to the multifamily and commercial sectors of the construction industry. Now, most products intended for commercial applications are eligible to be certified and recognized for their contribution toward residential spaces complying with the NGBS. The Commercial Spaces compliance pathway also introduced many new practices that refer to commercial building products, appliances, and fixtures. Now is the perfect time to get your commercial building products NGBS Green Certified. 

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Products, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
December 30, 2020

What’s Residential & Non-Residential & Green All Over? 2020 NGBS Green Certified Mixed-Use Buildings

The 2020 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) includes some significant revisions from previous versions. One of the most significant is the scope expansion that allows the NGBS to be used for the design and construction of both the residential and non-residential space in mixed-use buildings. Prior to the 2020 NGBS, only the residential portion of mixed-use buildings could seek NGBS Green certification — the non-residential portion was either not included, or was forced to seek certification from another program.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
December 24, 2020

Five Golden Things (to Know About the 2020 NGBS)

It’s been 1 heck of a year, with 2 many momentous events to cover here, but there are 3 things I know – we’re all in this together; hope and love will always conquer fear; and the NGBS Green team will always be here 4 you. In the spirit of the holiday, I’ve wrapped up a summary of the 2020 NGBS with the 5 (Golden?) Things You Need to Know to help with your 2021 certification gameplan…

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
December 11, 2020

Voice of the Verifier: Phillip LaRocque, NGBS Green Verifier

Come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are allowing a green blog media takeover and granting posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Today's takeover-er is Philip LaRocque from LaRocque Business Management Services, LLC. Read on to see what Phil has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
December 3, 2020

Don’t Call Us Easy! Just Because the NGBS is Popular, Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Rigorous

We often hear speculation that because NGBS Green is the most widely used green building certification for residentially-used buildings, it must be the easiest and least rigorous to attain. Clearly, the individuals making those speculations have not taken the time to dig in and understand why NGBS Green is the most popular program. Below is my take on why NGBS Green is the leading green certification program – spoiler alert: it has nothing to do with being less rigorous. In fact, NGBS compliance may be the most difficult of all the green building certification programs when measuring the expected performance of the buildings being certified.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{A6B030FB-6D2F-430E-A91B-48806CAB7B02}
November 25, 2020

New Online Portal Will Streamline NGBS Green Program Participation

Online portals and apps are everywhere these days. Used for online banking, shopping, managing prescriptions, and so much more, they represent the natural evolution of the self-service experience through 24/7/365 access and automated notifications to keep you informed of your transactions and interests. They often give you a better sense of control and can reduce tedious email and phone conversations. Technology continues to advance to make the user experience even more streamlined. It’s where we’re headed as a society — and it’s where we’re headed with the NGBS Green program!

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
November 20, 2020

Voice of the Verifier: Amy Otley, NGBS Green Verifier

We are debuting a new opportunity for Verifiers – come takeover the Home Innovation Insights blog! Every few weeks we are going to allow a green blog media takeover and grant posting privileges to a Verifier influencer with green expertise to share.

Our first takeover-er is Amy Otley from TexEnergy Solutions/US Eco Logic. Read on to see what Amy has to say.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
November 9, 2020

Sun-sational, Sustainable Design in the Tropical Zone

Climate change and its effects are accelerating. Consequently, communities are suffering from more frequent and higher intensity climate-related disasters – from hurricanes to wildfires to flooding. With each new event, we have an opportunity to reconsider how we repair and rebuild disaster-damaged homes and how we design and build new homes.

Enhanced resilience is an essential part of any comprehensive green building certification. A green building standard like the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 (NGBS) is designed to eliminate or reduce the environmental impacts of the homes we build (or rebuild), and also includes practices to help homes better withstand future disasters.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
October 27, 2020

Seasons of Green

This month we celebrate another NGBS Green milestone with the certification of our 250,000th NGBS Green Home. When we started the NGBS Green certification program in 2009, our goal was to provide a national, credible, rigorous, and affordable green building certification for the residential construction industry. Until NGBS Green started, residential building certifications lagged significantly behind other building types. The places we lived – our homes, townhouses, multifamily buildings, housing for students and seniors, and assisted living facilities – were foregoing high-performance green building programs because they were too difficult and expensive to attain. We had the audacity to believe that needed to change – and understood the role we could play in helping our entire industry do better. Better for the environment. Better for climate change. Better for homebuyers and renters.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
October 14, 2020

Being Green Just Got a Heck of a Lot Easier

With the 2020 NGBS, single-family homes can earn the NGBS Green Certified level if they comply with all applicable green practices from the 2020 NGBS Chapter 12. This streamlined yet rigorous certification path requires homes to be designed and constructed to be more efficient than 2018 IECC code-compliant homes and to include important building practices that ensure the home provides a healthier indoor environment, is more water efficient, and is more durable. The NGBS Chapter 12 Certified Path focuses on the most impactful practices that improve energy and water efficiency, create a healthier living space, and manage potential moisture issues. For energy efficiency, builders have a choice among Prescriptive, Performance, and Energy Rating Index (ERI) paths. For water efficiency, builders have a choice between Prescriptive and Performance paths. This certification option is more streamlined and, to keep verification costs lower, NGBS Green Verifiers can batch multiple homes for both registration and verification report submittal. Find out more about this option.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
October 7, 2020

Is Wellness the New Energy Efficiency?

Energy-efficient home builders report that their homes sell faster, for more money, and perhaps more importantly, that their buyers are more satisfied with their energy-efficient home than with their former inefficient homes. Win-win-win. Builders are rewarded for their energy-efficient homes, the environment benefits from homes that require fewer nonrenewable resources, and homebuyers get a more high-performing home. But, is an energy-efficient home the golden ticket for builders? Unfortunately, no. Energy codes are becoming more stringent, so now, depending on a home’s location, even code-minimum homes can be relatively energy efficient. That makes energy performance less of a distinction among builders. Now may be the perfect time to consider emphasizing the health & wellness features of your green homes over their energy efficiency.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
September 30, 2020

What’s in a Name? Defining “Residential” in NGBS Terms

When first approved by ANSI in 2009, the NGBS was notable because it was the first national green building rating system specifically designed for residential buildings. Before the NGBS, national programs such as LEED and Green Globes were designed to address the specifics of commercial buildings. Consequently, only a few multifamily buildings in the pre-NGBS days tried to adapt to the compliance requirements of the early green certification options. But even the first few iterations of the NGBS did not cover all types of residential construction. The 2020 NGBS Consensus Committee sought to remedy this issue by revising the NGBS’s definition of residential. Now the NGBS is inclusive of all buildings within which we live during the various stages and phases of our lives. Find out more about the new opportunities now available to multifamily and mixed-use builders and developers.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
September 23, 2020

Smart Products Are Green Products

Today, it can seem impossible to find a new appliance that isn’t a “smart” product. I recently purchased a new washer and dryer set, and I noted so many models with mobile and voice notification and control. Some products even featured automatic reordering of detergents and softeners based on sensor feedback!

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Products, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
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.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Marketing

{5ACFA724-2695-4DBA-B21F-F0BFFC610D61}
July 16, 2020

A Q&A With Our Newest P.E.!

As you may have seen in our recent news announcement, Home Innovation recently celebrated the licensure of Nay B. Shah as one of Maryland’s and Home Innovation’s most recent Professional Engineers. Home Innovation is known for conducting cutting-edge building science research, green building certification, laboratory testing, and market assessments. As part of this culture, we highly encourage and support the licensure of all of our engineers. We believe it not only adds value to our clients and our work, but is an important step in the career progression of our engineers.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Building Products

{38818889-2ED1-4ED5-9CB8-F036505C033C}
March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Current & Prospective Laboratory Testing Clients

We understand the concern and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and want you to know that the entire Home Innovation team is committed to being responsive to the needs of our clients as the situation evolves. At Home Innovation Research Labs, the health and safety of our clients and our employees is our number one priority. As such, we are taking necessary measures to ensure the safety of our staff, while also remaining open for business to provide full business continuity for all of your testing and code compliance needs.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Building Practices

{7B3C4532-4B5C-4FC8-916D-F18BC5CB937A}
October 12, 2018

It’ll Cost You! Where Codes Meet Costs

There are lots of passionate individuals and companies in our industry who are working to bring about positive change. Whether developing a new product, testing a new construction technique/method, introducing a new building code provision, or advocating for a new industry policy, cost is always a factor that needs to be considered on the road to innovation. Cost can be the factor that stops a great idea from going forward.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Building Products

{6855A775-8680-4E2C-8774-9AFA93DACE0A}
April 19, 2018

Hot or Not: How's Your Product's Thermal Performance?

With increasingly stringent energy codes, building product manufacturers are developing new products and innovative construction techniques to improve the thermal envelope. Code officials, builders, and architects want reliable thermal conductivity data. But, without testing, you can't know the U-value of the assembled component. Hot Box testing is a reliable way to capture shareable, marketable data that is far superior to modeled performance.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Building Practices

{6855A775-8680-4E2C-8774-9AFA93DACE0A}
April 2, 2018

Product Certification: Are You Ready for the Challenge?

For many smaller building product manufacturers, simply following best practices and common sense may work most of the time. But, for those looking to grow market share and compete on a regional or national level, that may not be enough. Having a formal quality assurance (QA) system is often the next step in your company's journey to market growth and success; and it is a must for getting your product certified as code compliant.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Building Practices

{38818889-2ED1-4ED5-9CB8-F036505C033C}
January 30, 2018

Don’t Let Water Infiltration Rain on Your Product’s Parade!

In our wind-blown rain and air infiltration chamber we huff and puff and see what it takes to blow water into even the tiniest entry points of a home's exterior envelope. Would your products pass our rigorous testing?

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Building Practices

{03268303-DC9C-4AD8-B89D-3EB9B809C29D}
January 27, 2017

SolSmart Serves Up Soft Cost Savings

Soft costs can often be a deal-breaker for solar installation. DOE's SolSmart is helping builders and developers overcome barriers to solar in residential construction that can often come from arduous local zoning, permitting, and inspection requirements. Find out more about the program and how it can help in your community.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Solar Energy, Energy Performance, Building Codes

{03268303-DC9C-4AD8-B89D-3EB9B809C29D}
August 15, 2016

Streamlined Permitting for PV? Yes, Please!

DOE's SolSmart is helping builders and developers overcome the barriers to solar in residential construction that can often come from arduous local zoning, permitting, and inspection requirements. Find out more about this new program and how it can help in your community.

comments (1)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Solar Energy, Energy Performance, Building Codes

{CA6F63CA-72D1-4853-8E0A-228EAC9A0174}
May 1, 2015

An NGBS Retrospective: 50,000 NGBS Green Certified Homes

With the 50,000th NGBS Green Certified home in our very recent past, it seemed like a perfect time to look back on what a game-changer the NGBS rating system has been to the home building industry, and celebrate the achievements of our dedicated NGBS Green Partners who have sought third-party green home certification.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Homebuyer Preferences, Marketing

{BDEA28C0-8BAA-4518-A1AB-6E3FEB8D9CAD}
February 12, 2015

Don’t Go It Alone: Verifiers Can Help Avoid Scheduling Issues, Costly Damages

One of the most important aspects of multifamily construction is scheduling. If done properly, it can save the owner and the general contractor a lot of time, money, and frustration. But all too often, this process is not monitored closely enough. In large multi-million-dollar projects, the smallest mistakes in construction sequencing can be devastating to the project by causing costly delays, damages, and legal actions. NGBS Green Verifiers can help you plan so that a small error in scheduling doesn't result in a major catastrophe in your green building.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Air Sealing Design, Insulation

{19468D11-9366-459F-95B7-29512FE3EA87}
December 26, 2014

Delivering Green for Those Defending the Red, White, and Blue

In light of the recent approval by Congress of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and specific recognition of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) in that legislation, Balfour Beatty's Hayley King discusses how the NGBS can work well for military housing and the land on which it’s developed.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Marketing, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Building Products

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
September 23, 2014

No Product is an Island

No home is made of just one product. And no one product within a home works without some reliance on one or more other products. Does your product play well with others? Don't be the weakest link in your clients' home systems, or get in your own way on the path to your next innovation. Understand how your product works in relation to a range of connections and assemblies by conducting non-standard testing with Home Innovation Research Labs.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Marketing, Building Codes, Energy Performance

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
August 27, 2014

“R” Your Insulation Products Meeting Expectations?

With model building codes ramping up thermal envelope requirements for homes, and homebuyers becoming increasingly concerned (and knowledgeable) about managing their energy bills, both builders and buyers are scrutinizing the performance of the insulative products used in their homes. R-value is the most obvious and universal “proof point” that batt insulation will perform as expected, but how confident can you be that the R-value posted on a label actually reflects how that product will perform? Very confident … as long as the product also carries our Lab Certified mark.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Energy Performance, Insulation

{19468D11-9366-459F-95B7-29512FE3EA87}
August 13, 2014

3 Benefits of the ANSI Process for NGBS Development

As the Sustainability Coordinator for Balfour Beatty Communities’ diverse housing portfolio, Hayley King's chief objective is to recommend and execute efficient products and services that reduce our operating costs while increasing the bottom line. Find out why she's found the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) an invaluable resource to accomplish these corporate goals, and why she values the openness, transparency, and diversity of stakeholder input in the development of the 2015 NGBS.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Marketing, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Building Products

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
June 27, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Lab Director: Post-Audit Reflection

The phrase, “You’re being audited,” can strike fear into the heart of anyone. I am personally recovering from our latest lab audit, or, more accurately, our latest surveillance assessment. Unlike an IRS audit, however, the audits we undergo as an accredited third party are not at all unpleasant; in fact, they’re very beneficial. But they do take a big commitment of time and energy, and involve a certain amount of stress as our company’s credibility relies heavily on the value imbued by our accreditations. Find out what's involved and how this helps define our culture of accountability.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes

{A022D398-18B6-430C-B7A5-77C437EAB378}
June 25, 2014

A 50-Year Legacy of Innovation

Having just marked our 50th year in business last week, it seems like a perfect time to look back on some of the key home building innovations our team has helped to gain acceptance in the mainstream by eliminating barriers to market penetration. While there's probably no one builder who uses all these innovations, I bet most builders use at least one on a regular basis. We're proud of that legacy.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes, Energy Performance, Green Building

{970CFF8D-F504-405A-A215-1445855278E6}
June 18, 2014

Off the Shelf Green: Don't Reinvent the Wheel

For decades, cities have been grafting green building certifications into commercial building codes, but more and more they're doing likewise with residential building. Rather than invent yet another green code, building departments can benefit from using a proven, off-the-shelf green home building certification that can be implemented quickly and effectively. Plus, homeowners get the added benefit of having a nationally recognized green home certification, adding market value to properties in a sale or refinance.

comments (1)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Codes, Energy Performance, Building Practices

{A022D398-18B6-430C-B7A5-77C437EAB378}
May 30, 2014

Conquer Conservative Builder Syndrome: Get Tested!

Product failures happen. Because they do, builders tend to stick with the “tried-and-true” building materials, believing that wise builders don’t get fooled by new product claims. So how do new products break through? Consistently, our research shows the most important factor in a builder’s decision to try a new product is confidence that the manufacturer has done the proper testing and evaluation on the product. Have your products been tested?

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Marketing, Building Codes, Energy Performance

{4B4D7689-707B-47D0-B158-E0F4839F1490}
May 28, 2014

Get Help Navigating The ‘Gray Zone’ in Green: Commercial-Grade Residential Construction

Use of the NGBS for multifamily construction has been booming over the past few years, and it's being accepted as the green program of choice at near exponential rates. All NGBS Green Verifiers are trained by Home Innovation to verify all types of green projects, but on-the-ground expertise varies. If you are transitioning from multifamily low- and mid-rise buildings to multifamily high-rise buildings, it's important to work with an NGBS Green Verifier who understands the "gray areas" and differences with this kind of project to maximize the value of your verification.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Air Sealing Design, Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
May 22, 2014

Moisture Testing: An Ounce of Prevention, Better Than a Pound of Cure

Energy efficiency requirements in the building codes are becoming more and more stringent. This has lead to the unintended consequence of builders having to contend with and mitigate excess moisture in the homes they build. Making houses tighter with less air infiltration creates positive energy benefits but, unless adequate ventilation is provided in the right way, there can be moisture-related issues like mold growth. Proper moisture testing for building products is crucial to ensure they perform as manufacturers, builders, and homeowners desire.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Air Sealing Design, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes

{4189FD63-3431-402D-82B2-AFA75506A200}
May 15, 2014

NGBS Keeps Builders on The Cutting Edge

It's 2014, the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is gaining ground and being accepted in many states, and it is no longer a question of "if" but "when" you will be required to meet a certain building leakage number. So if you're a home builder still asking, “Isn't it better – and greener – to just let my homes 'breathe' naturally rather than sealing them tightly and relying on mechanical ventilation?” you're in for an abrupt and rude awakening when the new code comes to town. Don't wait. The future is now. And certification to the NGBS is your best tool.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Air Sealing Design, Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Insulation

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
April 7, 2014

It's Gettin' Hot in Here...

Guests who tour Home Innovation Research Labs are impressed with our sizeable Hot Box. Indeed, we have one of the largest in the country. Less brawny, but equally titillating, are our four heat flow meters. This equipment is essential to measure the thermal efficiency of insulation (and a variety of other building products), commonly measured by R-value, a measure of resistance to heat flow. And increasingly, as Professional Builder magazine recently noted, energy efficiency is table stakes for the new market.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes

{7B3C4532-4B5C-4FC8-916D-F18BC5CB937A}
March 20, 2014

Green Homes Are Expected to be Durable (Now Let’s Make Sure)

High-performance homes appeal to consumers because of their touted benefits: a healthier indoor environment, lower operating costs, and increased durability. Certainly, the benefits are compelling. But do we know if high-performance homes can live up to these elevated expectations?

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Building Products, Air Sealing Design, Insulation

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
March 10, 2014

Our Credibility Is Your Currency

There is a common barrier to innovation faced by builders and product manufacturers alike. They may be certain their product or technology is superior, but can they convince relevant decision-makers to change from tried-and-true methodologies and products? The answer is yes – if they have credible and demonstrable proof to back up their claims.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes

{7B3C4532-4B5C-4FC8-916D-F18BC5CB937A}
March 6, 2014

Go forward? It's the only thing to do!

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.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance

{6855A775-8680-4E2C-8774-9AFA93DACE0A}
December 19, 2013

Student Design Teams "Race to Zero" in DOE's Challenge Home Competition

In mid-December, we closed out registration for the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition. The response we got from colleges and universities across North America was really inspiring — all told, 32 teams have stepped up to the challenge in DOE's "race to zero" in energy-efficient home designs. Find out more.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Air Sealing Design, Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance, Green Building, Insulation, Solar Energy

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
November 21, 2013

Up Close and Personal with "The Racker"

While its name might conjure up images of a middle ages torture machine or a modern-day MMA move, our "Racker" is actually used to understand the shear wall performance of building assemblies. Find out what makes this custom piece of test equipment particularly well-suited for ensuring structural systems are up to the test.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
October 17, 2013

Not Your Average Product Torture Device: Home Innovation's Large-Scale UTM

Think all Universal Test Machines are the same? Think again. Find out more about our large-scale Southwerk-Emery UTM, one of the workhorse pieces of equipment in our product testing lab.

comments (2)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
September 5, 2013

Putting Cabinets Through Their Paces

Ever sneak a peak at what's inside your neighbor's cabinet? Not to be creepy, just to see if they were KCMA Certified. Let us quell your curiosity by telling you a little more about the third-party product testing we provide to give KCMA confidence in the products that bear their mark.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
July 25, 2013

Look for the Home Innovation Label

As new and improved building products come onto the market, how do you know what's going to stand the test of time? It's easy — just look for the Home Innovation Lab Certified mark.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Practices, Building Codes

{6855A775-8680-4E2C-8774-9AFA93DACE0A}
May 23, 2013

The Modern Crawlspace: No Rot, Mold, or Bugs About It!

The IRC now has provisions for unvented crawlspaces, which can be practical, energy-efficient options for those building in hot-humid climates. But what's the best way to build these types of crawlspaces? Our new builder resources can help.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Air Sealing Design, Energy Performance, Green Building, Insulation

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
April 5, 2013

2013: A Green Building Odessy

So far this is turning out to be a really transformative year for green home building generally, and the Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification program specifically. Find out why. 

comments (1)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Codes, Homebuyer Preferences, Marketing

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
February 14, 2013

NGBS 2012: What's In It For Consumers?

What does ANSI approval of the 2012 National Green Building Standard mean for home buyers and owners? Plenty ... and good! Find out more about the consumer benefits imbued in the 2012 NGBS. 

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Homebuyer Preferences, Energy Performance, Insulation, Building Codes, Building Practices

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
February 7, 2013

Want Product Success? We Can Help

Like seeing your child graduate and walk across the stage, diploma in hand, it's always gratifying for us as researchers to see a building product we tested gain commercial success. Check out this example — we can do the same for you.

comments (2)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Marketing

{7BF65542-F22E-4192-AEF0-2C6428DB89F5}
January 31, 2013

How Wet is Too Wet?

It's all relative. That adage certainly holds true when considering moisture content in wood-based building materials. A retrospective on what we've found over the last five years of our investigations on moisture performance of common wall assemblies, and a call for the next round.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Energy Performance, Building Codes, Building Practices, Air Sealing Design, Insulation

{6855A775-8680-4E2C-8774-9AFA93DACE0A}
January 24, 2013

Under the Hood: ANSI Standards Development Process

With the January 10th approval of the 2012 National Green Building Standard by ANSI, here's a glimpse into the practice of “due process” – a hallmark of a formal consensus process that sets the NGBS apart.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes

{8A0C0C32-188C-4B14-91CA-4B4E6B0B705B}
January 11, 2013

Moving to a Higher Green Standard

The 2008 National Green Building Standard has been helping transform the residential construction industry since it was published in January 2009. With the ANSI approval this week of the 2012 version of the NGBS,  I look forward to the even greater transformation to come.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Codes, Energy Performance, Building Practices, Insulation

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
December 27, 2012

Drop by Drop: Water Infiltration Testing

In our wind-blown rain and air infiltration chamber we huff and puff and see what it takes to blow water into even the tiniest entry points of a home's exterior envelope. Would your products pass our rigorous testing?

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes

{7BF65542-F22E-4192-AEF0-2C6428DB89F5}
November 22, 2012

'Tis the Season for (Percent Energy) Savings

Visions of holiday savings at the mall may be dancing through the heads of consumers across the country this Thanksgiving weekend, but I've been thinking about percent energy savings instead. What can I say? I'm an energy code geek!

comments (1)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Energy Performance, Building Codes, Building Practices, Air Sealing Design, Green Building, Insulation

{12ADF39E-792A-4C56-9EFE-1C6DCDE77BD1}
November 8, 2012

When You're Hot, You're Hot

With thermal performance requirements being ratcheted up throughout the building code, it's more important than ever to get a true sense of how the building envelope performs as a system. The Home Innovation can help with our large-scale hot box.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Energy Performance, Product Testing, Building Products, Building Codes, Insulation

{6855A775-8680-4E2C-8774-9AFA93DACE0A}
October 11, 2012

It's Hip to be Square Footage Savvy

The Home Innovation Research Labs recently ushered the ANSI square footage standard through a regular review and updating process. Are you confident in your ability to assess square footage? This standard can be a huge benefit.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Practices, Building Codes

{7B3C4532-4B5C-4FC8-916D-F18BC5CB937A}
September 27, 2012

What's New in the 2012 NGBS?

The next version of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard is soon to make the scene in the home building industry. Find out what has changed from the 2008 version.

comments (0)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Green Building, Building Codes, Building Practices, Energy Performance

{6855A775-8680-4E2C-8774-9AFA93DACE0A}
August 23, 2012

An Open Invitation to the Home Building Industry

Many know Home Innovation Research Labs for our product testing and certification marks, but here are some examples why we’re much more than just a pretty certification label. The invitation is open – get to know us!

comments (2)

Continue Reading

Tagged:
Building Codes, Building Practices, Building Products, Product Testing, Affordable Homes