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September 7, 2021 | Upper Marlboro, MD

NGBS Green Teams with Pivotal Energy Solutions to Launch New Online Program Portal

NGBS Green Teams with Pivotal Energy Solutions to Launch New Online Program Portal

Today, Home Innovation Research Labs and Pivotal Energy Solutions have deployed Pivotal's AXIS software platform as the online web portal supporting participation in and administration of the NGBS Green certification program

After several years of regional success with AXIS in Arizona and the Pacific Northwest, this is the first deployment of AXIS supporting a nationally-based program. Pivotal has worked as a technical partner with Home Innovation Research Labs since 2016 to surface NGBS Green certifications within the AXIS database for use in analytics and markets utilizing green and energy efficiency certification data. Most recently, Home Innovation and Pivotal have been pursuing opportunities to auto-populate NGBS Green certification data within real estate MLS platforms.

Bob Burns, president of Pivotal, said, "This is an exciting next step for Pivotal in working with Home Innovation to develop and support their online portal for the NGBS Green program. We're thrilled to have this collaboration and to expand the use of AXIS to the national level." 

With the transition of the NGBS Green program to the AXIS platform, NGBS Green Verifiers and clients can now register projects, submit verification reports and compliance documentation, and monitor project status in real-time 24/7/365 from any modern internet web browser. The volume of data available for downstream consumers will also be enhanced with the transition. 

Michelle Foster, Vice President of Sustainability for Home Innovation, added, "We are so excited to be working with Pivotal to streamline our NGBS Green certification process and provide even more value for our clients. We're confident that our NGBS Green Verifiers and clients will benefit from using the online portal and that it will enable Home Innovation to move the NGBS Green program forward in exciting new ways. We are also eager to provide greater transparency for the NGBS Green certification process which will benefit investors, financial institutions, government agencies, and the industry as a whole."

Find out more about Home Innovation Research Labs, NGBS Green Certification, or AXIS and the other process solutions Pivotal offers online.

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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.