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
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