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NAHB and ICC to collaborate on New American National Standard for Residential Green Building

Dealine to apply for participation is March 10, 2007

New York, Feb 12, 2007

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) are collaborating to develop a new American National Standard for residential green building based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines (2004). Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the NAHB Research Center is seeking participants to join the effort; applications must be received by March 10, 2007, in order to be considered.

With this effort, NAHB is responding to the calls from its members to offer a national reference for green homebuilding. ICC, also an ANSI-accredited standards developer, has promoted green building requirements through its family of International Codes and also recognized the need for a national set of standards for home builders and others wishing to voluntarily adopt "above-code" practices. The new standard is intended to provide a common benchmark for recognizing and rewarding green residential design, development, and construction practices in a manner that is transparent, verifiable, and meaningful to builders, product manufacturers, and consumers.

The NAHB Research Center will serve as secretariat of the standards development committee, which will follow rules and procedures in accordance with ANSI's requirements for openness, balance, consensus, and due process. The initial meeting of the committee will tentatively take place in late April. The entire process, from the formation of the consensus committee to public review and final ANSI approval, is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.

Visit www.nahbrc.org/GBStandard for information or to download an application for committee membership.

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