The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced last month that ASHRAE will join forces with the association and the International Code Council (ICC) to develop the 2015 ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS). This marks the third adaptation of the standard and the first time that ASHRAE has partnered on its development. As long-time advocates for green building, we’re thrilled to see ASHRAE team up with the NAHB and the ICC to both advance and promote the values of sustainability.
A joint NAHB and ICC committee first developed the NGBS in 2007. The committee included home builders, code officials, product manufacturers, government representatives and building science and energy-efficiency specialists. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the standard in 2009 as the first green standard for residential construction, development and remodeling. The NGBS was updated in 2012 and since then has been used to certify more than 32,000 residential constructions. In fact, the NGBS now serves as the leading standard in the industry for sustainable home building, a growing trend in the U.S. market and a sector that is expected to represent as much as one third of the building market by 2016.
For more information on the upcoming NGBS, click here to read the full press release from NAHB.