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Congratulations to all our 2012-2013 NGBS Green Partners of Excellence.

June 6, 2013 | Upper Marlboro, MD

Home Innovation Research Labs Recognizes NGBS Green Certification Partners of Excellence

Builders, Remodelers, Verifiers, Architects, Program Champions Applauded for Helping Promote High-Performance Home Building

Today Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes 46 of its 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. Our 2012-2013 Home Innovation NGBS Green Partners of Excellence include 18 residential building companies, 10 accredited verifiers, 3 architectural firms, 11 program advocate organizations, and 4 elected officials from across the country.

“We’ve gone through a lot of changes in this last year – changes in the industry, in our company, and in the National Green Building Standard,” said Home Innovation Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier. “While all the changes have been extremely positive, we recognize it takes a lot for a company or an individual to ‘roll with the punches’ and persevere with the same level of enthusiasm and excellence in a certification program as rigorous as ours. That is why this year we were compelled to recognize the significant commitment to innovation and leadership in the residential construction industry that some of our NGBS Green Partners have displayed. We are truly impressed and inspired by what these companies and individuals are achieving in the field and the market transformation they are helping to accomplish.”

In light of their leadership, innovation, and excellence in green home building – despite a volatile, though steadily improving, housing market; a brand rebirth for the Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification Program; and a transition from the 2008 to the 2012 National Green Building Standard – Home Innovation Research Labs is pleased to announce this year’s NGBS Green Partners of Excellence:

2013 Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

Builders & Remodelers:

  • Adolfson & Peterson Construction; Charlotte, NC
  • Alliance Residential; Phoenix, AZ
  • Balfour Beatty Communities, Newtown Square, PA
  • Habitat for Humanity Bay Waveland; Bay Saint Louis, MS
  • Habitat for Humanity of Durham, Inc.; Durham, NC
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, Inc.; Raleigh, NC
  • CF Evans, Orangeburg, SC
  • Duffy Realty, LLC; Waltham, MA
  • Greystar Development; Houston, TX
  • Johnson Development Associates; Spartanburg, SC
  • Homes by Dickerson; Raleigh, NC
  • Manchester Green Homes; Oklahoma City, OK
  • McCall Homes; Billings, MT
  • Pardee Homes; Los Angeles, CA
  • Paul Allen Homes; Albuquerque, NM
  • Van Metre; Stoneridge, VA
  • Westchase Construction, Ltd./Martin Fein Interests, Inc.; Houston, TX
  • Zimmerman Properties Construction; Springfield, MO

Accredited Green Verifiers

  • Steve Armstrong; Greensboro, NC
  • Dondi Atwell; Austin, TX
  • Robert Bolus; Charleston, SC
  • Joe Gordon, Georgetown, DE
  • Philip LaRocque; Guilderland, NY
  • Shelly Leonard; Matthews, NC
  • Chris Schwarzkopf; Valparaiso, IN
  • Drew Wallace; Columbia, MO
  • Drew Smith; Sarasota, FL
  • Kalah Woerner; Tampa, FL


  • Charlan Brock & Associates; Maitland, FL
  • Meeks + Partners; Houston, TX
  • The Housing Studio; Charlotte, NC

Program Advocates

  • Appraisal Institute; Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC
  • John Barrows; Wainscott, NY
  • Vivian Brooks, Executive Director, Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency; Boynton Beach, FL
  • Kendall Buck, Executive Officer, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of New Hampshire; Concord, NH
  • Matthew Cooper, President, PEG Environmental Solutions; Fairfax, VA
  • Jamie Hager, Southern Energy Management; Morrisville, NC
  • Lynn Nacewicz, Director, Green Home Builders of the Triangle; Durham, NC
  • Don Pratt, NGBS Consensus Committee Chairman; Auburn, MI
  • Southern Energy Management; Morrisville, NC
  • Steve Saunders, CEO, Tempo Mechanical, TexEnergy Solutions, and US Ecologic; Irving, TX
  • Paul Sullivan; Newton, MA

Elected Officials

  • The Honorable Richard Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque, NM
  • The Honorable Pamela Beidle, Delegate, Maryland State Legislature
  • The Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware
  • The Honorable Cathy Vitale, Delegate, Maryland State Legislature

Since the National Green Building Standard became the first and only residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in January 2009, Home Innovation Research Labs has certified more than 6,200 single-family homes, nearly 600 multifamily buildings representing more than 12,600 apartments, and 19 residential land developments representing close to 1,300 lots.

For more information on the NGBS or the Home Innovation 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.

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.