The National Green Building Standard for residential buildings has finally been submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for approval. If approved, it will establish a uniformity in building materials and practices and will be the first green building rating system. This will obviously be a great step forward in the business of building of green homes because the new standard would define what green practices could be incorporated into residential development and construction, and would also educate homeowners on how to operate their green homes. With a new national standard, green home building will have more accreditation and hopefully become a more popular option with homebuilders and buyers!

The process required by ANSI is very in depth and required that the National Association of Home Builders and the International Code council to read over 3,000 public comments and talk about the specifics of the standard for more than a year. Many builders, architects, environmental experts, and product manufacturers were consulted to make sure that the new standard will be feasible for everyone. With more and more progressive steps towards green home building, we are finally taking the steps towards a better environment!

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