As construction continues on the Green Home in Wheaton, the process of green certification moves into the next phase. To this point, I have not talked much about the process a builder must go through with the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program in order to get a home certified “green”.
When a builder decides to go for certification, there are a number of steps that he/she must take to reach that goal. As I have mentioned in prior posts, a builder really should make this decision before any design of the home is put down on paper. Starting the process like this allows the builder to team with their architect to reach a common goal, while also allowing “green” elements to be integral parts of the home, not just added on after thoughts to an existing design. This also allows the builder and architect to work together to incorporate as many of the National Green Building Standards (NGBS) requirements as they see fit to reach the level of certification they are striving for. Read the rest of this entry »