July, 2008
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

NAHB & ICC: A Green Team


The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announced Draft #2 of the National Green Building Standard was submitted May 22, 2008, to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for approval. ANSI is in the process of reviewing the supporting documentation outlining the development process.

According to the International Code Council (ICC), the joint project with the NAHB is intended to “maintain the flexibility of green building practices while providing a common national benchmark for builders, remodelers and developers.”

The submitted draft is available on the NAHB Research Center Web site, nahbrc.org.

Easy steps to going green today

The International Code Council (ICC) suggests five simple ways to increase the energy efficiency of a home during the building or remodeling process.

Here’s how to make a home more sustainable and green, both to lower energy costs and help protect the environment by reducing water usage and other precious natural resources.

5. Turn off lights – Turn off unnecessary lights, indoors and outdoors, to conserve electricity. Install lighting timers or sensors to automatically turn off lights when not needed.

4. Install high-efficiency heating and cooling systems – High-efficiency (90 percent and higher) heating and cooling equipment also conserves electricity. Use programmable thermostats to minimize energy use, especially when no one is home.

3. Choose high-efficiency windows and appliances – High-efficiency windows reduce heating and cooling costs by minimizing the impact the outside environment has on a home.

2. Select low-water-consumption fixtures – Low-consumption or dual-flush toilets, low-consumption or waterless urinals, and low-flow bathroom, sink and shower faucets all help to reduce water use.

1. Use fluorescent bulbs – Compact fluorescent light bulbs use less power and last longer than conventional bulbs.

The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the International Code Council. Visit ICC’s Web site at www.iccsafe.org or call ICC at 888-ICC-SAFE .