MAY 2023

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.

Having trouble viewing this email? Click Here.


Mark Your Calendars! Save The Dates!


Home Innovation's offices will be closed May 29th and July 4th for observed holidays. Please plan accordingly for certification processing.


The NGBS Green Team hosts office hours from 2-3 PM ET every other Tuesday. Open forum; come ask questions or chat about issues.

The next Office Hours are scheduled for:

  • May 30th

Here is the link to join.

Get Started with NGBS Green: Sign Up for a 15-Minute Consultation

Contact us to schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with a member of our green team to get started.

Reminder - 2022 NGBS Partners of Excellence

In mid-April, Home Innovation announced the 2022 NGBS Green Partners of Excellence for their sustained excellence and unwavering commitment to high-performance, green homes!

View the awardees here.


Calling All Industry Professionals!

Earn your NGBS Green PRO professional designation to validate your expertise in green design, construction, and building certification.

Congratulations to our latest Green PROs

Chermeca Hopson

Project Manager

Knight Development

Bobby Neal

Project Coordinator

Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS)

Swetha Ramkumar

Technical Manager

Partner Energy

Erik Reading

Energy Design Specialist

Energy Diagnostics

About Green PRO

Successfully earning the NGBS Green PRO designation demonstrates advanced understanding of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and the NGBS Green certification program.

Training for the designation – consisting of four self-paced modules, each with its own mastery check – is 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

Learn more and get started today – download the Overview document and discuss the benefits of this professional development opportunity with your supervisor and colleagues.

NGBS Green PRO Discounts Available!

Student Discount. You Asked; We Delivered.

Are you a student interested in green building?

Utilize our discount code to reduce the training fee to $100: NGBSStudentEDU.

Register with your ".edu" email address.

NGBS Green PRO Directory

All NGBS Green PROs are now featured on our website. See the directory.

Order Your NGBS Green Polo While Supplies Last!

In-house stock of shirts has been replenished...and, those that had placed an order for shirts previously have been emailed an invoice. If you ordered a shirt, but haven't received your invoice, please contact Joanne.

Stand out in a crowd! Our short-sleeved polo, in our distinctive green hue with the NGBS Green logo (modeled here by Farah), is made of high-performance material that has moisture-wicking technology that will help you stay cool on even the hottest verification jobs. Sizing information is available here (disregard "Sleeve length"). Please note the size and cut of the shirt is different by gender which is why we ask you to specify your preference for the shirt, not the gender you identify with.

Place your order here.


HUD Publishes New Green and Resilient Retrofit Program Funding Opportunity

HUD published Notices of Funding Opportunities for a new Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP). The Inflation Reduction Act provided HUD with $837.5 million in grant funding and $4 billion in loan authority for this new program. This is the first HUD program to simultaneously invest in utility efficiency, renewable energy generation, and climate resilience strategies.

If you are an owner who receives HUD assistance through Sections 202, 811, Section project-based rental assistance, or certain other small programs, you may be eligible for a grant or loan under one of the following cohorts:

  • Elements Awards: targets properties that are already advanced in a rehabilitation transaction and need gap financing to fund specific utility-efficient or resilient elements
  • Leading Edge Awards: targets properties that are in early stages of recapitalization planning: these awards fund projects that will achieve a high-level third-party green certification; NGBS Green Certification at the Gold and Emerald levels with either +NET ZERO ENERGY or +RESILIENT certifications qualify for funding
  • Comprehensive Awards: targets properties with high needs where HUD-procured Multifamily Assessment Contractors will support owners by commissioning third-party reports and assessments to develop a scope of work; resulting plan will include whole-building retrofits to incorporate green and resilient design elements

NEW Funding and Incentives Resource Hub on Better Buildings Solution Center

DOE has announced the launch of a new resource to help industry professionals navigate and discover the many rebates, funding opportunities, and other incentives, including those available through the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

QAP Watch

The following states have or will revise their Qualified Allocation Plans (QAP) for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. 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.

Illinois: The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) is hosting QAP Summits in May to receive feedback for the 2024-2025 QAP. These listening sessions are open to the public and will inform the final draft of the QAP. See below for more information on the sessions. Email [email protected] to RSVP.

  • Virtual Option – 10 AM CT on Wednesday, May 24th (meeting link sent after you RSVP)

Ohio: The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) is holding a pre-draft forum for the 2024-2025 QAP. The public forum will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 1PM ET via Teams. More information can be found on the OHFA website. Please see the 2024-2025 Planning Calendar for the timeline for the QAP development process.

New Jersey: The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) is proposing new amendments, a repeal, and a new rule to the QAP. These proposed changes can be viewed here. The agency will be accepting written comments until June 30th. Comments can be submitted to Jim Peasco at [email protected]. More information can be found on the NJHMFA website.

Utah: The Utah Housing Corporation (UHC) held a public hearing for the 2024 QAP on Monday, May 22, 2023. Written comments on the proposed revisions are still being accepted. Please submit to Claudia O’Grady, V.P. of Multifamily Finance, at [email protected]. See the notice for more information.


NGBS Green Partners Recognized in Green Builder's 2023 Sustainable Products of the Year

The following manufacturers were recognized by Green Builder for the hottest green products on the market. Congratulations!

Award Winner





Winning Product 

AeroBarrier Air Sealing System

Solstice Shingle Solar Roofing System

Phantom One-Piece Toilet

Swidget Smart Control

Newly Added Product: Aeroseal Duct Seal LT

Aeroseal® offers an aerosol air duct sealing process that seals leaks from inside the duct without coating the duct walls. Aeroseal® travels through ducts to the leaks and builds up to form a tough & pliable plug at the leak site. This product has been certified under 701.4.2.1 Duct Air Sealing, as Aeroseal® Duct Seal LT is a duct sealing material that is certified to UL 1381.

Product Spotlight

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.

H-P Products Central Vacuum Power Unit

H-P Central Vacuum Systems offer cleaning power, as well as indoor air quality benefits and convenience. The H-P Central Vacuum System is certified under 902.5 Central Vacuum Systems.


Latest Blog Post: NGBS Green PRO Spotlight - Veronika Maynard-Simon

The NGBS Green PRO Spotlight is an ongoing blog series that highlights the diverse professional backgrounds of NGBS Green PROs. In this blog, learn about Veronika Maynard-Simon, the Multifamily and Commercial Team Coordinator at Southern Energy Management.

Webinar Recording: Protecting the First Side of the Home with Effective Foundation Vapor Barriers

In early April, we hosted a webinar that provided an in-depth look at the cause and effects of below-slab moisture and vapor concerns in homes and considerations for incorporating effective, durable protection. Miss the webinar? View the recording here.

GRESB Checklist Added to Land Development Scoring Tool

To help streamline your clients' ESG reporting efforts, we embedded NGBS-GRESB checklists into the 2020 NGBS Green Scoring Tools. The checklists were previously added to the New Construction, Remodeling, and Certified Path tools, and were just added to the 2020 NGBS Land Development Scoring Tool. These new tabs identify the GRESB indicators that are fulfilled by a project's unique green features and performance. The NGBS-GRESB tabs are easy to use, as they are auto-populated from inputs on the Design and Verification tabs. These new scoring tools can be downloaded from our website.

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 checked them out yet, be sure to visit our Resources page. 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:

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

Career Oportunites

Building Energy Modeling Analyst

Home Innovation Research Labs is looking for someone to support the NGBS Green certification program and other high-performance building programs, such as the ENERGY STAR and Zero Energy Ready Home. The preferred candidate will be comfortable creating and reviewing building energy models for single-family homes and multifamily buildings, writing program policies and procedures, providing technical assistance to our clients, and analyzing building codes and standards.

See the full position listing on our website.

Marketing Research Analyst

Home Innovation Research Labs seeks a Marketing Research Analyst to support qualitative and quantitative research efforts, conduct analyses, and report findings to clients.

See the full position listing on our website.

Become an NGBS Green PRO, Field Rep, or Accredited Verifier!

Download the latest version of the NGBS Green Verification Candidate's Handbook for training information and accreditation use and capabilities for each designation. Contact Us with any questions.


As we strive to keep up with events of interest around the country, we welcome your input!

Know of a program that may be of interest to our NGBS Green program partners? Let us know.

Upcoming events:

  • 05/24/2023 - IL Housing Development Authority QAP Summit; email [email protected] for meeting link
  • 05/24/2023 - OH Housing Finance Agency pre-draft 2024-2025 QAP via Teams
  • 05/29/2023 - Home Innovation Closed in observance of Memorial Day
  • 05/30/2023 - Home Innovation Office Hours | Join here
  • 06/30/2023 - 2023 Multifamily Energy and Water Survey closes
  • 06/30/2023 - Written comments for NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency's edits to QAP closes | email Jim Peasco
  • 07/04/2023 - Home Innovation Closed in observance of Independence Day
  • 10/8-11/2023 - Save The Date! 2023 International Code Council Conference & Expo, St. Louis, MO | Subscribe to receive updates.

Continuing Education

If you or a client are interested in scheduling virtual or in-person training on the 2020 NGBS, contact us about scheduling a Lunch-n-Learn! We have AIA and ICC-approved programs that we'd be happy to deliver.


Share Your NGBS Green Program Feedback

Take this 1-minute survey and let us know what you think of our delivery of NGBS Green certification and our customer service.

Give Us Your AXIS Feedback

Complete a 1-minute NGBS Green AXIS Feedback Survey.

As an NGBS Green Certification Program participant, you received this email to notify you of important program and service updates, as well as relevant industry news and happenings. Home Innovation Research Labs will send email notifications periodically; we encourage recipients to add this email address ([email protected]) to your approved senders list. You may unsubscribe from this notification service at any time using the link below, though please be aware that this will be the primary channel for conveying certification program changes, news, and updates to participants, and opting out of this notification service may result in missing critical developments and changes. Home Innovation Research Labs authorizes use of information contained within this email only by those participating in our NGBS Green Certification Program.

NGBS Green Certification is administered by Home Innovation Research Labs

Copyright © 2008-2023 Home Innovation Research Labs. All rights reserved.