The View From Here
by Ric Jackson
August 7th, 2017

Time Out for Some Good News

These days it is easy to get swept up in the news and politics, but it’s also important to remember that there are still advancements being made and reasons to celebrate.

For example, I recently came across an article discussing the National Green Building Standard’s (NGBS) 100,000th certified home. In the grand scheme of things, this might seem like a small number relative to the market size, but it is actually a big accomplishment in my mind.


First, because when you add it to the other programs promoting energy efficiency, the growth is significant.

Second, and more importantly, it is a product of the private industry and its response to the growing demand for standardized energy-efficiency reporting. Not only is NGBS independently run, but it also requires third-party, unbiased verification of performance that provides a level playing field and a consistent measuring stick for energy performance.

Interestingly, the proposed 2018 version of the NGBS will include references to Energy Star 3.0, citing that meeting Energy Star’s green building standards in some cases would be equivalent to meeting the standards required for NGBS certification. (Read more about the proposed 2018 NGBS standard here.)

The View from Here? I am encouraged by the growth and acceptance of the NGBS not only because it is further proof of the building and construction industry’s ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, but also because it’s an example of organizations taking matters into their own hands – outside of the government –  in the name of progress.

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