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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
approved a new National Green Building Standard
(NGBS) on Jan. 9, 2009. It is the first, and only, ANSI
approved standard for multifamily residential properties.
Originally co-sponsored by the National Home
Builders Association (NHBA) and International Code
Council for one- and two-family dwellings, the standard
was expanded to include multifamily properties at the
request of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC).
Similar to the USGBC LEED certification process,
NGBS allows projects to earn points towards achieving a
Silver, Bronze or Gold certification. However, the NGBS
is compatible with International Code Council building
codes, and was designed to be administered through the
local building code process, eliminating the time and
expense that may be required in other third-party certification approval programs.
For more information on NGBS, visit www.nahbgreen.
new survey says
on the rise
Since 2003, the number of counties with green-building
programs has risen from eight to 39, according to a
study by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The
trade group’s study, “Local Leaders in Sustainability:
Green Counties,” examined the 200 most populous
counties in the country in 2008, which represent about
169 million Americans, or a little more than half of the
U.S. population. Working with the National Association
of Counties, AIA representatives spoke to planners,
building officials and “sustainability managers” across
The report offers key findings and recommendations
for county governments.