Green Building

  What is Green Building?

 Green buildings are structures built utilizing a definable degree of environmentally friendly products and practices.  They are designed to reduce household operating costs, conserve water and energy, improve resource-efficiency and air quality, and minimize construction waste.

How Homes Become Green - Click here for an illustration of how a new home becomes green built.



                      Green Certification to the National Green Building Standard

Home Innovation Research Labs certifies green residential projects of all types in compliance with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard.

As an independent, third-party research and testing organization, Home Innovation Research Labs has the capacity, expertise, and credentials to ensure our green certification mark stands for consistency, rigor, and credibility.  We do all that while keeping our certification practical and affordable for the home building industry.

The National Green Building Standard TM (NGBS) is the preeminent residential green building rating system. It sets green baselines for all new residential construction, development, and remodeling projects. ANSI-approved and consensus-based, the NGBS provides a menu of green building practices for builders, remodelers, and developers to plan their green projects. These building practices, when employed in construction and development,improve the living environment for residents and reduce the project’s environmental impacts.   


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Builders League of South Jersey Green Building Committee

For Industry profesionals, the Builders League of South Jersey has an active Green Building Committee that focuses on discussing emerging trends, technologies, regulatory issues and professional development. The Committee meets monthly at the Builders League office in Cherry Hill.  Professional development and nationally-recognized certification courses are posted under the events page.  Any member may attend the Committee meetings. Courses are open to everyone.