As more buyers and home builders strive to built and live in energy efficient homes, the NAHB has released the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard that recently obtained approval by the American National Standards Institute.
Together, the International Code Council and NAHB created the new standard that has raised the bar for construction and design. According to the NAHB press release, this new standard includes details regarding the design of the lot that is seeing new construction or renovations, preparation, energy and water efficiency, maintenance and owner education.
One difference will be the rating levels used to grade energy savings, which is a modification of the International Energy Efficiency Code from 2009. With a stricter rating system, product producers may need to ultimately provide consumers and builders with higher quality items and materials.
"The 2012 edition incorporates several changes that not only make the standard much easier to use, but also expand the offerings for renovations and remodeling projects, and raise the bar on energy efficiency," said Rick Judson, chairman for NAHB. "We have seen phenomenal growth in green building in recent years, and the new version of the standard will only help to add to this."