JANUARY 27, 2022
Insider Update
Practical information and resources for NGBS Green Certification program partners. Find out more about the program, its tools & resources, and available marketing materials online. If you were forwarded this message or do not receive Insider Update regularly and would like to, sign up online.

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2021 Year In Review
2021 was another incredible year for NGBS Green certification activity, with 67,446 multifamily units and 2,524 single-family homes certified. Thank you for your commitment to offering your residents and homebuyers safe, efficient, and healthy homes!
Notable milestones:

  • Throughout 2021, we prepared the new NGBS Green PRO professional training, which was recently launched.

Thank you for your support of NGBS Green in 2021! Stay tuned for a Special Issue with even more 2021 year-end stats and reflections!
Nominations Still Being Accepted for
2021 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence (POE) Awards
Send us your 2021 POE Award nominations. Submission deadline has been extended through mid-February. Complete this form to nominate yourself, a colleague, or a client.
GET FOCUSED! Home Innovation Focus Groups During IBS
Home Innovation Research Labs will be conducting focus groups and individual interviews among energy raters, home inspectors, home builders, remodelers, exterior replacement contractors, architects, engineers, and other trades people at the 2022 IBS. This research is being conducted to obtain reactions to new products and to explore new trends in the construction industry. In appreciation for their time, we are compensating participants with a substantial cash honorarium. If you are interested in participating in our focus groups and interviews, please contact Jon Violette at jviolette@HomeInnovation.com or 301.430.6304.
The 2024 NGBS is Coming!
The Proposed Changes Submission Form is open if you have changes you would like to submit for consideration. Don't snooze! Once it closes, you will have lost the opportunity to improve the next NGBS version.
Let Us Know How We’re Doing
Take a 1 minute survey and let us know what you think of our delivery of NGBS Green certification and our customer service.
Showcase your expertise in sustainable buildings with a
shiny new professional designation in the new year.
We know many of our NGBS Green Partners have been anxiously awaiting this exciting news – consider it our (slightly belated) holiday gift to you!

Industry professionals can now earn NGBS Green PRO, a professional designation that validates your expertise in green design, construction, and building certification. Those who successfully earn the NGBS Green PRO designation have advanced understanding of the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 and the NGBS Green certification program.

Training for the designation – consisting of four modules, each with its own mastery check – is now live and available 24/7 at the NGBS Green Pro Training site. Completion of a single NGBS Green PRO module earns 1LU Elective from AIA or 0.1 CEU credit from ICC; completion of the entire course earns 4LU Elective from AIA or 0.4 CEU credit from ICC.
Meet the First NGBS Green PRO – Colin Walker of Grubb Properties.
Find out a little more about Colin and his exciting accomplishment of becoming the first NGBS Green PRO in our news release.
Give Us Your AXIS Feedback
Complete a 1-minute NGBS Green AXIS Feedback Survey.
QAP Watch
The following states have or will revise their Qualified Allocation Plans (QAP) for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC). The summaries below indicate if NGBS Green certification is incentivized and provide information on how to submit comments or stay informed. If you're aware of any current QAP activity in your state or locale not listed here or included in our online QAP Round-Up, please contact us.
Colorado: The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) published the Colorado Affordable Housing Developer's Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of affordable housing development in Colorado. CHFA will host five trainings on this developer's guide throughout February and early March.
North Carolina: The North Carolina Housing Finance Authority posted its final draft 2022 QAP. Comments can be submitted to RentalHelp@nchfa.com. The QAP would require newly-constructed buildings to achieve ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction certification. Adaptive reuse and rehabilitation projects must comply "to the extent doing so is economically feasible and allowed by historic preservation rules." Partners are encouraged to advocate for third-party energy efficiency or green building certification programs, such as NGBS Green.
Virginia: Virginia Housing finalized its 2022 QAP. The QAP awards 10 points for developments meeting NGBS Green Certification (Silver or higher), EarthCraft (Gold or higher), LEED (any level), or Enterprise Green Communities.
Report on Colorado LIHTC Building Electrification
The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) commissioned a report on the feasibility of LIHTC building electrification. The report includes several recommendations, including QAP incentives for efficient and all-electric construction.
Applications for Alabama's COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Response Due Jan. 28
The 2022 COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Response Application (CPRR) is available through 5PM CST on January 28. Projects that received Housing Credit or Housing Credit with HOME awards from Alabama Housing Finance Authority (AHFA) in 2018, 2019, or 2020 are eligible to apply for CPRR. AHFA will utilize all available funding sources to prioritize the completion and financial feasibility of these projects.
Assistance for Kentucky Residents Impacted by Tornado
FEMA encourages all multifamily property owners and other landlords impacted by the December 10th tornado and storms to apply for disaster assistance at:

The Kentucky Housing Corporation is compiling a list of property owners and landlords with vacant units that can accommodate displaced residents. If this applies to you, complete this form.
In each issue of Insider Update, Home Innovation profiles products that can help builders achieve points toward NGBS Green Certification. To browse all NGBS Green Certified products, visit the online directory.
Panasonic Exhaust Ventilation Fan: WhisperRecessed FV-08VRE2
WhisperRecessed LED incorporates a powerful, yet quiet 80 CFM fan behind an elegant recessed LED light (concealing the ventilation fan inside a recessed can light).

WhisperRecessed LED is certified under multiple Indoor Environmental Quality practices.

WhisperRecessed LED is an ENERGY STAR certified fan (902.1.4(1)) that can operate at or below 1 sone (902.1.4(2)), is designed to be part of a whole-building ventilation strategy (902.2.1(1-2)), and is designed to meet ASHRAE 62.1 (902.1.6).

Where installed in non-residential space, WhisperRecessed LED contributes to meeting commercial ventilation and exhaust requirements (13.107.7;

This product also contributes toward the NGBS Green+ WELLNESS certification.
View NGBS Green Certified Products at 2022 IBS
When visiting the show, be sure to connect with the following NGBS Green Certified Product manufacturers and learn more about their products that are pre-approved for points toward NGBS Green Certification.

Quality Assurance Highlights: Report Reviews
As an accredited laboratory and third-party certification agency focused on the home building industry, Home Innovation Research Labs is uniquely suited to manage a residential green certification program, and quality assurance is central to NGBS Green certification. Over the next several Insider Update editions, we'll highlight key tenets of Home Innovation's quality assurance program.
100% of all report submissions — both rough and final — are reviewed by Home Innovation staff. Each verification report and accompanying documentation provides Home Innovation a snapshot of the Verifier's:

  • Understanding of NGBS Green practices and compliance requirements

  • Adherence to the verification protocol and certification process outlined in the VRG

  • Attention to detail

Verifiers can earn an A, B, C, D, or F grade for a report based on accuracy and completeness. Every six months, each Verifier's grades are compiled, averaged, and sent to the Verifier, and, in some cases, their supervisor.

The report review process helps ensure consistent performance across the 300+ NGBS Green Verifiers and facilitates Verifier professional development.
Quick Links to Marketing Materials & Guidance One-pagers
Recently, we've been posting case studies on some unique and exemplary NGBS Green Certified projects. If you haven't had a chance to check them out yet, be sure to go to our Resources page – there are several there already and we're adding more each month. While on the page, be sure to check out the wide range of guidance documents, comparisons, and other helpful resources we've created for our NGBS Green Partners, including:

You can also find LOTS of great resources by visiting the following pages – #BookmarkWorthy:

As we strive to keep up with events of interest around the country,
we welcome your input!
If you know of a program that may be of interest to our NGBS Green program partners, please let us know.

And, if you or a client are interested in scheduling virtual (or, eventually, live) training on the 2020 NGBS, contact us – we have an AIA and ICC-approved program that we'd be happy to deliver.

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