Stuart Kaplow, of Green Building Law Update writes:
With nearly 128 million residential housing units existed in the U.S., if green building is going to mitigate the negative impacts that human activity has on the planet, green building must include houses.
While most professionals in the A/E/C industry have at least heard of LEED for Homes, widespread implementation of the third-party certification system has been underwhelming, particularly with the largest homebuilders. Little known fact: Habitat for Humanity has been in the top 10 list of home builders for years, and is currently the leading builder of Platinum-certified LEED for Homes projects.
For a variety of primarily political reasons, the other major homebuilders on the top 10 list of builders have decided to not pursue LEED certification on a large scale. Instead, through a partnership between the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC), an alternative rating system has been developed, known as ICC 700 – the National Green Building Standard.
Kaplow has more information:
The 2015 version of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard will be the third iteration of this residential code. It was originally developed by a Consensus Committee and approved in January 2009. The ICC 700 was updated in 2012 and approved in January 2013.
Home Innovation Labs has issued a call for members of the Consensus Committee that will be charged with developing the update, which will ideally include government officials, advocacy groups, home builders, product manufacturers, and other affected industry stakeholders in residential construction. The committee members and other interested parties will be assigned to task groups, each specializing in a different area such as energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, or lot and site development. Those who would like to apply to serve on the Consensus Committee or a Task Group must submit their applications online by March 16, 2014.
Home Innovation also announced a call for proposed changes to the 2012 edition of the ICC 700. Individuals and groups can submit their proposed changes to the NGBS online by March 24, 2014. Task groups will review the proposed changes and develop committee proposals in early 2014.
So if you want your voice to be heard, now’s the time.
Source: Green Building Law Update