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PLAN ACCORDINGLY - Holiday Closures
Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 25th, for Thanksgiving, with most staff taking off on Friday, November 26th. Any verification packets received after noon ET Tuesday, November 23rd, may not be processed until Monday, November 29th.

For projects that need to have an NGBS Green certificate in hand in December, verification packets should be submitted by 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, December 21st. This year, the NGBS Green certification pipeline will shutdown completely for the end of year holidays. We will have a limited number of staff available the week of December 27th for technical assistance, questions, and interpretations, but if you have a hard certification deadline, please plan ahead so that we can process it on time.
NGBS Green Partners in the News
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.
Give Us Your AXIS Feedback
Complete a 1-minute NGBS Green AXIS Feedback Survey.
Join us for an upcoming NGBS Green + AXIS Support Webinar
Our upcoming session is targeted toward verifier company administrators. Join us to get your questions answered!

  • For Verifier Company Admins – December 1st 2-3 p.m. ET Register here
‘Build Back Better’ Act Would Make Significant Changes to 45L and 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives
The Build Back Better Act would make significant changes to existing tax credits that have promoted green construction in the commercial and residential sectors. The existing bill would extend the 45L Energy Efficient Home Credit through 2031.

  • New multifamily homes acquired after 2022 and eligible to participate in the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program earn a base credit of $500 and a bonus credit of $2,500 for multifamily units that meet ENERGY STAR. A higher tier credit of $1,000 or a bonus credit of $5,000 for eligible multifamily units certified under the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

For more details, see NAHB’s blog.
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 included indicate if NGBS Green certification is incentivized and provide information on how to submit comments or stay informed. If you know of current QAP activity in your state or locale that is not listed here or included in our online QAP Round-Up, please contact us.
Arizona: Arizona’s Department of Housing published its final draft of the Arizona 2022-2023 QAP. The prior draft offered 10 points for projects that commit to obtain certification under NGBS Green (Silver or higher), 2020 Enterprise Green Communities, LEED (Silver or higher), DOE ZERH, or PHIUS. In October, Home Innovation submitted comments that requested ZERH and PHIUS be repositioned as add-ons to the multi-attribute green building programs to ensure similar requirements and benefits across the options. We were pleased to see that the latest draft has ZERH and PHIUS at a lower point tier—5 points each.
District of Columbia: The District of Columbia’s Department of Housing and Community Development published the final DC 2021 QAP in late September. The QAP requires new construction projects between 10,000 and 49,999 sq. ft. and all rehabilitation projects to meet base-level Enterprise Green Communities certification or submit a waiver to pursue a “substantially similar standard.” (LEED for Homes and LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise are pre-approved as “substantially similar” for these categories.) New construction projects greater than 50,000 sq. ft. must obtain Enterprise Green Communities Plus or submit a waiver to pursue a “substantially similar standard.” For this category, there are no pre-approved standards. If NGBS Green Partners plan to submit a waiver requesting acceptance of NGBS Green certification, please contact us for any needed assistance.
Kansas: The final Kansas 2022 QAP was adopted in late September. The QAP does not include any third-party green building programs; funded new construction projects must comply with the 2018 IECC.
Maryland: The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has published a revised draft 2021 QAP. Comments will be accepted through November 30th at (Note: green building criteria is included within a separate document—Appendix A, Multifamily Rental Financing Program Guide.)

NIFA and Nebraska Department of Economic Development will host an online presentation providing an overview of the 2022-2023 QAP for LIHTC and AHTC. To participate, register here.
Ohio: Ohio Housing has published Draft 2022 Underwriting Guidelines and Draft 2022 Design & Architectural Standards. Information about meeting the required ENERGY STAR and green building certification is detailed in the Design & Architectural Standards. Comments will be accepted through November 24th to
Welcome Panasonic!
Panasonic joins NGBS Green as a manufacturer partner, with 14 ventilation product groups that have earned certification in the Energy Efficiency and Indoor Environmental Quality categories. All certified products also contribute toward the +WELLNESS and/or +SMART HOME certification. Explore the certified products.
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.
FlowGuard® Gold Pipe & Fittings
FlowGuard Gold pipe and fittings are made of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, which is a thermoplastic that is fully recyclable in existing vinyl streams. FlowGuard is certified under 610.1.2.1 when the product is selected over copper-based water distribution pipes based on the benefits shown in a product life cycle analysis.
Green Home Tour Replay: Tall Oaks by Stanley Martin Homes
In late October, Stanley Martin Homes and their NGBS Green Verifiers, Abideena Dambo and Anh-Tu Lam with PEG, LLC were featured in a virtual green home tour presented by Home Performance Counts, a partnership between NAHB and the National Association of REALTORS®. View a recording of the home tour here.
Proof Points: An NGBS Green Home is a Better Built Home
As the national NGBS Green certification agency, our Quality Assurance (QA) oversight runs deep and we have expansive procedures to ensure buildings earning the certification mark are NGBS compliant. These QA procedures reinforce the NGBS Green certification mark by increasing homebuyer’s and renter’s confidence, bolstering the program’s value to builders and developers, and solidifying the program’s credibility with lenders and government agencies.

Read Michelle’s blog to learn more about the QA activities that lend credibility to the NGBS Green certification mark.
Quick Links to Marketing Materials and Guidance One-pagers
Recently, we’ve been posting more and more 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:

Building Science, Research Engineer III - Sustainable Construction
Looking for an inspired building scientist/building construction engineer to join our research team responsible for programmatic efforts in the fields of energy efficiency, energy modeling, technology innovation, and green building in residential construction.

Entry-Level Research Engineer - Building Science and Sustainable Construction
Seeking a recent engineering graduate to join our Building Science Division. This person will be responsible for project work in the areas of energy efficiency, disaster resistance, cost evaluation, technology innovation, and green building in residential construction.

Mechanical or Civil Engineer for Building Products Testing
Looking for a motivated Engineer who wants to be on the leading edge of building product testing and certification.

Construction Building Products Market Research Analyst
Searching for a Construction Building Products Market Research Analyst to lead qualitative and quantitative research, conduct analysis, and report findings to our building product manufacturer clients.

Construction Materials Laboratory Technician
Seeking a well-organized self-starter to work in our materials and structures lab. This is a technical hands-on position that requires physical labor to set-up and perform tests on a variety of building products and components.

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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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