Military Housing Can Certify to NGBS, Congress Says

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Construction Industry by on December 5, 2014 0 Comments

Army DaddyCost-effective green building is taking another step forward – this time for housing American soldiers and their families.

NAHB has secured language in the National Defense Authorization Act  to specifically authorize the use of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) for all military construction.

Until now, the private U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED was the only green building rating system named by the military for use for new construction projects. But House and Senate negotiators said they wanted all facets of certification, including cost, to be considered going forward.

“We believe that DOD should consider all appropriate voluntary consensus green building systems or standards and, in doing so, should focus on energy savings and cost-efficiency, using a comprehensive approach that factors in all facets of a green building including costs for certification and overall compliance when determining which green building standard or rating system to use,” their report said.

Project managers now have more choices when choosing green certification for new residential construction or remodeling projects: NGBS, LEED or the Green Globes program. And the voluntary NGBS certification program has yet another official stamp of approval, lending more validity to state and local HBA efforts to fight green mandates.

The Senate is scheduled to vote next week on the bill. For additional information about green building, contact Kevin Morrow at 800-368-5242 x8375.




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