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Save Time, Ensure Compliance with NGBS Green Certified Products

Builders or developers just getting started with green home construction, need look no further than Home Innovation Research Labs' NGBS Green Certified product mark on product packaging and marketing materials to identify and source green building products. NGBS Green Certified prouducts (homeinnovation.com/greenproducts) are pre-approved by Home Innovation to contribute toward a home or building meeting specific NGBS practices, and use of certified products offers labor-savings and streamlined verification to builders/developers.

Reduce Documentation and Verification Time
The biggest value afforded by use of NGBS Green Certified products is time and effort saved during the verification process.

NGBS Green building certification requires that every NGBS practice be inspected and confirmed by an independent NGBS Green Verifier. Some practices, like those in the Lot Design and Water Efficiency chapters, can be verified by observation. But not everything is that easy. Many NGBS practices – especially those in the Resource Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality chapters – cannot be verified by observation and require review of product literature to confirm the product contributes toward the NGBS practices. For example, it would be impossible to ascertain the formaldehyde level of an insulation product by sight alone! For these practices, builders are required to collect manufacturer’s literature and provide it to the project’s verifier for review.

Use of NGBS Green Certified products eliminates the need for this added step. Because certified products are pre-approved, a builder only needs to note “NGBS Green Certified product” on the scoring spreadsheet. The NGBS Green Verifier would still need to confirm, but could do so simply by visiting the Home Innovation website. Use of NGBS Green Certified products saves time and effort for both builders and verifiers.

No Surprises! Products Are Sure to Meet NGBS Practices
We’ve seen unfortunate situations where a home seeking NGBS Green Certification was near completion before the builder recognized one or more building components would not garner the points they were hoping to achieve, or, worse yet, would not allow them to meet some mandatory requirements of the NGBS. This is not a happy surprise for anyone involved in the process, least of all the builder.

The NGBS Green Certified product program was designed to provide assurance to builders, designers, and architects that they won’t find themselves in similarly frustrating situations. NGBS Green Certified products have already been reviewed and approved to meet specific NGBS practices, so there’s no guesswork and no surprises.

Given the abundance of green-washing (use of vague, misleading, and false product claims) and the confusing marketplace of green product labels, it can be hard for a builder to identify and source the right products for the job. Third-party certifications serve as a resource to builders who are need to decipher environmental claims associated with green products.

For a product to be NGBS Green Certified, the manufacturer submits documentation from a third-party laboratory that demonstrates the product’s attributes. Home Innovation’s team of building scientists and engineers carefully reviews the documentation for NGBS compliance.

One-Stop Shop to Explore New Green Product Offerings
The Home Innovation NGBS Green Certified product portal - www.homeinnovation.com/greenproducts -- serves a clearinghouse of information about green building products from both large and small building product providers. While the site is primarily designed for NGBS Green Partner builders and verifiers, the product information also serves as a general resource for others in the green building community.

The website allows visitors to search by NGBS practice, product category, brand name, etc. For each certified product, the site provides detailed product information: product description, downloadable product specs, other third-party certifications, and more. There are also direct links to the manufacturer’s website and/or the product’s spec sheets when available. Even if you aren’t currently working on a project that will be NGBS Green Certified, you can download and save relevant product information for later use.

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