The HBA’s Green Building council serves to provide education and timely information on green building issues to HBA members. The council tries to conduct quarterly programs/seminars as well as specialized designation training each year. The council will also host social events from time to time so members can network and have fun as they grow their businesses.
On July 1, 2011, the HBA formally stopped doing green home verifications at the local level and endorsed the Green Building Certification Program from the NAHB Research Center (now being called the Home Innovation Research Labs), a for-profit, independent subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders. Certifications in this program are being done against the rigors of the ICC-700 National Green Building StandardTM (NGBS), which is the only rating system approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Now, the HBA’s Green Building Program certifies both new and remodeled housing stock that is specifically designed to be more energy efficient and sustainable than baseline code-approved homes. Builder and consumer driven selections provide these units with improved indoor air quality and cutting-edge, environmentally responsible products/materials that are relatively easy for occupants to operate/maintain over the lifecycle of these units.
Certifications are conducted by local, third-party inspectors that are approved by Home Innovation Research Labs. Once units pass their field inspections at the pre-drywall and pre-closing/occupancy stages, Home Innovation Research Labs provides them with the appropriate certification: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Emerald.
For more information about certifying a home through Home Innovation Research Labs, click the following link: http://www.homeinnovation.com/services/certification/green_homes_and_products
For blog information from Home Innovation Research Labs, click the following link: http://www.homeinnovation.com/about/blog
Help for Better Green Appraisals & Higher Loan Amounts! The Appraisal Institute has developed an appraisal addendum for green housing units. The form has been converted to a fillable format and can be accessed here.
(May, 2012) Appraisal help in new publication from the Insititute for Market Transformation and the Appraisal Institute
Click here to view the Recognition of Energy Costs and Energy Performance in Real Property Valuation: Considerations and Resources for Appraisers
Click here to view the DNR Green Infrastructure Guide
Click on these links for some simple tips to "Go Green" from the MO Department of Natural Resources!
Go Green Save Green - General tips
Go Green Save Green - Construction Projects