NGBS Green+

Gain special recognition for going “above and beyond”

NGBS Green+

NGBS Green+  bestows special recognition for NGBS Green Certified homes that go "above and beyond" in certain areas of green practices. With NGBS Green+, builders do not need additional certifications or inspections to highlight their homes’ special features.

“Buyers are generally willing to spend more than
$2,000 upfront for a home certified to an above-code
standard for health and wellness.”

- NAHB’s 2020 “What Homebuyers Want” Survey

Get started now with the
NGBS Green+ Compliance Handbook
(revised September 2021)

NGBS Green+ badges provide a streamlined, supplementary, third-party recognition for NGBS Green Certified homes based on their exceptional performance in one (or more) of six categories of green practices:


NGBS Green+ badges quickly and clearly spotlight the green features of your homes and apartments to your homebuyers and renters. Our NGBS Green+ badges take advantage of people’s tendency to process visuals faster than text. Our visuals are more likely to grab your customers attention and have them immediately focus on why your homes are better than your competitors’.

Below are the specialized marketing resources builders and developers earning NGBS Green+ badges are eligible to use to distinguish their homes or apartments from other green certified homes on the market.


NGBS Green+ badges must be pursued concurrently with 2020 NGBS Green Certification.

With the exception of the NGBS Green+ ZERO WATER option, badges are available to both new construction and remodeling projects. Badges are not available for homes pursuing NGBS Green Certification via the Single-Family Certified path (Chapter 12).

Verification & Documentation

The NGBS practices that are included as part of the NGBS Green+ badge criteria must be verified by an accredited NGBS Green Verifier and according to the Verifiers’ Resource Guide (VRG).

The 2020 NGBS Green Scoring Tools include new sections that address design and verification of the NGBS Green+ badges by pulling selected practices and inputs from the main Design and Verification tabs. Download the scoring tools from www.HomeInnovation.com/GreenScoring. See our tutorial video on tracking NGBS Green+ compliance with these new tools.

For an NGBS Green+ badge to be awarded, the final verification report should confirm compliance with the practices that support NGBS Green+ achievement. The NGBS Green+ signature page must be signed by the builder or developer and submitted as part of the verification packet.

Process & Fees

Interest in pursuing NGBS Green+ badges can be indicated at the time of project registration or when a verifier submits the rough inspection notification.

Associated fees are assessed per badge for the additional review associated with NGBS Green+ badges. Fees are assessed at the building (not unit) level, as follows:

These fees are invoiced at the same time as certification fees. Upon request, specialized project-/development-wide pricing will be considered. All homes or buildings within a project/development would need to seek NGBS Green+ recognition. Contact us to request volume pricing.