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WEBINAR: AXIS & NGBS Green Support
October 13, 2021, 2PM EDT
Learn how to make a smooth transition to the new AXIS online portal for NGBS Green. Advance registration is required. Register here. In preparation, check out the AXIS Quick Start Guide.
Housing Innovation Awards - Congratulations to NGBS Green Partners!
Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards – Congratulations to NGBS Green Partners!
The Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winners were announced at the recent EEBA High Performance Home Summit. Congratulations to all NGBS Green Partners that were recognized with this recognition!

Congrats to Mandalay Homes for being recognized in the Builder category!

Congrats to the following verification companies that were recognized for outstanding program participation and promotion!

Water Rating Index (WRI) Webinar Hosted by Green Home Institute
October 6, 2021, 12PM EDT
The 2020 ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) introduced the Water Rating Index (WRI) as a new optional path for homes to demonstrate compliance with water efficiency criteria. Like the HERS and ERI ratings, a WRI score is a value between 0 and 100 and can be used to understand the operational costs of a given property. Builders who take advantage of this new opportunity can be on the cutting edge of efficiency and will set their homes apart from other green certified homes. By obtaining a certified WRI score for their homes, builders can also position their homes to achieve additional water efficiency labels, including the NGBS Green+ ZERO WATER and WaterSense certifications.

New York Times Opinion writer, Tressie McMillian Cottom, writes about the harm of climate change and environmental racism in Eastern North Carolina. In her piece, Cottom identifies five personal actions that she will bring into her daily life as part of her “climate journey.”

Cottom notes, “When I purchased my home, I did look for one that was certified by the National Green Building Standard. To be transparent, I did not know exactly what that entailed. It felt like the responsible thing to do.” We are proud to know that Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Certification was sought out by Cottom and played a role in her personal sustainability journey!

Help your buyers understand what certification entails: NGBS Green Partners can help homebuyers understand the benefits of living in an NGBS Green Certified home by using ready-made marketing materials and directing buyers to
NGBS Green Partners in the News
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.
Arkansas: The Arkansas Development Finance Authority is soliciting general comments regarding the 2021 QAP. Comments can be emailed to
Georgia: Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs released a public input timeline for development of the 2022 QAP. Virtual listening sessions will be held in late September and throughout October.
Illinois: The 2022-2023 Illinois QAP is now Governor-approved. The following options are included:

  • 2020 Enterprise Green Communities (7 points)
  • Enterprise Green Communities with Item 5.2b Moving to Zero Carbon: All Electric (3 additional points)
  • LEED v4.1 BD+C – Gold (7 points)
  • LEED v4.1 BD+C – Platinum Level (10 points)
  • NGBS – Emerald level (10 points)
  • PHIUS CORE certification (10 points)
  • ILFI Core Green Building (9 points)
  • ILFI Living Building Challenge (10 points)

An additional 3 points can be earned when a net zero energy program is achieved in conjunction with the green building certification. The options are:

  • Enterprise Plus
  • LEED Zero
  • ILFI Zero Energy Petal or Zero Carbon Certifications

Home Innovation requested that IHDA accept NGBS Green certification at either the Gold or Emerald levels, on par with LEED v4.1. We also requested that IHDA recognize the NGBS Green+ NET ZERO ENERGY certification as an option under the net zero section. Unfortunately, those recommendations were not heeded. Thank you all NGBS Green Partners, especially Jamie Carr and the Eco Achievers team, who engaged on this topic!
Oregon: Oregon Housing and Community Services is hosting public engagement sessions each Thursday throughout September 2021 on a variety of topics. The next session is scheduled for September 30th from 2:00-3:30PM PDT and will be focused on Qualified Allocation Plan Updates. All sessions will be held on zoom and accessed through the following link:; Meeting ID: 275 407 5849; +1 253 215 8782. Please send questions to
Ohio: The Ohio Housing Finance Agency published the final Ohio 2022-2023 QAP. The QAP requires that multifamily developments obtain NGBS Green (Silver or higher), Enterprise Green Communities, or LEED (Silver or higher) certification. Rehabilitation and adaptive reuse projects unable to obtain green certification may use the OHFA Limited Scope Rehabilitation Sustainability Standards as an alternative. Thank you to all NGBS Green Partners who submitted letters of support regarding the green certification requirement!
Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency published a final draft Oklahoma 2022 QAP for review. The draft QAP includes 18 points for prescriptive energy efficiency and green building measures; no third-party green building programs are referenced.
Deep Dive: How State LIHTC Programs Reference Third-Party Green Building Programs
View Cindy’s blog for a broad view of QAP green building criteria and their references to NGBS Green certification.
New Jersey 2021 Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development
September 29-30 | Virtual 

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and New Jersey Redevelopment Authority will host the 2021 Virtual Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development September 29-30th.
Together with developers, non-profits, financiers, and government agencies, the conference will foster discussion about how the housing and economic development industries can recover in a post-pandemic world. Learn more and register.
NEW Certified Product: Mono Slab EZ Form Foundation System
Mono Slab® EZ Form is a stay-in-place EPS form that allows you to form, insulate, and back-fill all before the placement of concrete, saving time, labor, and money. Mono Slab® provides a superior forming and insulating process when compared to traditional methods. Mono Slab® EZ Form is certified under 601.8 Foundation Systems; it is a system that minimizes soil disturbance, excavation, and material usage. Welcome Mono Slab!
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.
Aeroseal® Aerosol Air Duct Sealing
Aeroseal is the only aerosol air duct sealing process that seals energy wasting leaks from inside the duct without coating the duct walls. Aeroseal is as an alternative to sealing ducts with tape, mastic, or gaskets and satisfies mandatory practice 701.4.2.1 Duct Air Sealing.
Coming Soon! – New Certification Plaque Options
Our certification plaques have a fresh new look, and we’re working with a new vendor to offer an improved purchasing experience. Stay tuned for more information! We plan to send a special bulletin with all the details on ordering these new plaques, as well as other new marketing resources.
NEW: NGBS vs. IECC Performance Comparisons
The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) provides an alternative compliance option for energy efficiency programs deemed to be equivalent. Alternative code compliance options are beneficial to local jurisdictions and builders alike, as they provide compliance flexibility without compromising energy efficiency performance.

Recognizing 2020 NGBS Green certification as an equivalent to the 2021 IECC would provide tangible benefits to state and local jurisdictions. At the same time, the increased compliance flexibility can help reduce builder’s compliance costs and allow them to leverage private and federal incentives for building high performance buildings.

The NGBS Green Team prepared these equivalency reports that can be used to advocate with local jurisdictions and code officials that 2020 NGBS Green certification is equivalent to the 2021 IECC. The NGBS Green Team stands ready to help you in any advocacy efforts. As always, our advocacy position is that NGBS Green certification is an alternative to code compliance, and we do not advocate for it to be an exclusive alternative. Contact us if we can be of assistance or if you want to discuss a potential advocacy strategy.

NEW From the NGBS Green Blogosphere
  • Cindy’s latest Quick QAP Recap: August 2021 – a quick roundup of all the activity that was buzzing regarding LIHTCs and QAP around the country

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
Home Innovation Research Labs is 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
Home Innovation Research Labs is 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
Home Innovation Research Labs, an accredited third-party test lab, is 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
Home Innovation Research Labs, the premier provider of marketing research services to manufacturers of construction-related products, their trade associations, and the federal government in housing technology-related studies is 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
Home Innovation Research Labs is 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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