Eco Achievers has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2017. NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™(NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program thanks in large part to its knowledgeable in-field verifiers. Being one of an elite group of Home Innovation’s green certification program partners to be recognized validates the commitment Eco Achievers has made to providing customers with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the NGBS. ͞
"What a year!" said Home Innovation Vice President Innovation Services Michelle Foster. ͞"NGBS Green celebrated its 100,000th NGBS Green Certified home in March 2017, and less than a year later we have certified an additional 28,000+ homes. In 2017 we also marked the first 2015 NGBS Green Certified home; started development of the 2018 NGBS, which will now cover mixed-use multifamily buildings; and Home Innovation was selected as ENERGY STAR MRO for high-rise multifamily buildings. We could not have attained all these milestones – while at the same time continuing to provide an affordable, rigorous certification program that provides value to the entire residential construction industry –without dedicated partners like Eco Achievers.͟"
As an accredited NGBS Green Verifier, Eco Achievers has provided independent verification services for hundreds of units that became NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs. NGBS Green Verifiers are trained, tested, and accredited by Home Innovation to ensure consistency and rigor across the country for NGBS Green Certifications across the country.
"The growth of the NGBS certification over the past several years has become a foundational cornerstone of Eco Achievers continued growth," commented Lindsey Elton, Eco Achievers President. "We look forward to continued excellence as we serve an expanding client roster in new market areas, particularly multifamily and HUD 224 (d)(4) market rate apartment projects."
To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.