The Home Builders Care Build for Habitat in north Fargo generated the first home in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area to qualify for the National Green Building Standard. This Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity build was sponsored by Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead and its charity, Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation. The house was finished in September, and a dedication ceremony was held last month.
The International Codes Council 700 National Green Building Standard is the first and only residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute. The standard defines green building for single- and multi-family homes, residential remodeling projects, and site development projects while still allowing for the flexibility required for regionally-appropriate best green practices.
Certification to the standard is provided by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. For residential buildings, four threshold levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald – allow builders to quantify and qualify green building at all levels. At the Emerald level, the highest rating for a residential green building, a building must incorporate energy savings of 60 percent or more. To qualify for Bronze, a home must be at least 15 percent better than the 2006 IECC.
To comply with the standard, a builder or remodeler must incorporate a minimum number of features in the following areas:
- lot and site development;
- energy, water, and resource efficiency;
- indoor environmental quality;
- and home owner education.
For more information on the standard, visit www.nahbgreen.org.
LAHFH is a locally-run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. The local affiliate was established in 1991 and is dedicated to building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in Cass and Clay counties. In 2012, LAHFH will complete its 47th home. For more information, visit www.lakeagassizhabitat.org or follow it on facebook: facebook.com/lakeagassizhabitat.
The HBA of F-M is a non-profit trade association of almost 800 members that has been in existence since 1956. Its mission is to provide quality services, benefits and education to members and the community while representing the collective interests of the home building industry. Its public events include the Spring Parade of Homes, Fall Parade of Homes, Red River Valley Home & Garden Show, Fall Home Show and Remodeled Home Tour. For more information, visit www.hbafm.com.