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Congratulations to all our 2017 NGBS Green Partners of Excellence!

February 2, 2018 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Home Innovation Research Labs Recognizes 2017 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 recognized 140 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 2017-2018 Home Innovation NGBS Green Partners of Excellence include 78 residential building and development companies; 23 accredited verifiers (including all 8 of our NGBS Green MASTER Verifiers); 22 architectural firms; and 17 exemplary program advocates from across the country. There were three individuals who were each recognized in two categories this year – Steve Armstrong (Verifier & Advocate); Aaron Gary (Verifier & Advocate); and Lisa Stephens (Builder & Advocate) – because their contributions to the NGBS Green program were worthy of recognition in both areas.

2017 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

“What a year!” said Home Innovation Vice President Innovation Services Michelle Foster. “NGBS Green celebrated its 100,000th NGBS Green Certified home in March 2017, and less than a year later we have certified an additional 28,000+ homes. In 2017 we also marked the first 2015 NGBS Green Certified home; started development of the 2018 NGBS, which will now cover mixed-use multifamily buildings; and Home Innovation was selected as ENERGY STAR MRO for high-rise multifamily buildings. We could not have attained all these milestones – while at the same time continuing to provide an affordable, rigorous certification program that provides value to the entire residential construction industry – without these dedicated partners.”

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 & Developers

Accredited NGBS Green Verifiers

  • Kyle Abney, Abney + Abney Green Solutions; Palm City, FL
  • Steven Armstrong, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, The Performance Point; Harrisburg, NC
  • Dondi Atwell, ATS Engineers, Inspectors, and Surveyors; Austin, TX
  • Tim Barranco, Lorax Partnerships LLC; Baltimore, MD
  • Jason Biondi, Energy Cost Solutions Group; Miami Beach, FL
  • Brad Bray, US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy Solutions; Dallas, TX
  • Karla Butterfield, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.; Norwalk, CT
  • Laurie Colwander, Southern Energy Management; Morrisville, NC
  • Rachel Della Valle, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, Southern Energy Management; Morrisville, NC
  • Steven Evanko, Dominion Due Diligence Group; Midlothian, VA
  • Aaron Gary, US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy Solutions; Irving, TX
  • Paul Gay, US-EcoLogic/TexEnergy Solutions; Dallas, TX
  • Joe Gordon, Joseph Gordon LLC; Georgetown, DE
  • Glenn Haydu, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners; Lambertville, NJ
  • Jason LaFleur, Eco Achievers; Chicago, IL
  • Philip LaRocque, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, LaRocque Business Management Services; Averill Park, NY
  • Aaron McEwin, Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc.; Dallas, TX
  • Janice Romanosky, Pando Alliance; Ellicott City, MD
  • Chris Schwarzkopf, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, Energy Diagnostics, Inc.; Valparaiso, IN
  • Carl Seville, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, SK Collaborative; Decatur, GA
  • Andrea Shoaf, Lorax Partnerships LLC; Baltimore, MD
  • Drew Smith, NGBS Green MASTER Verifier, Two Trails, Inc.; Sarasota, FL
  • Jeremy Velasquez, TexEnergy Solutions / US Eco Logic; Irving, TX



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 nearly 130,000 green single-family and apartment homes, and more than 1,650 lots within green residential land developments. (For more details on current certification numbers, visit www.homeinnovation.com/ngbsgreenstats.) For more information on NGBS Green Certified homes and Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Partner home builders and remodelers, visit www.NGBS.com.

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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 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 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” should be used; we are not identified by an acronym. Prior to February 12, 2013, the company was known as the NAHB Research Center.