The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has launched its National Green Building Program, an education, verification and certification program that will allow builders anywhere to build green homes.

The program features a dynamic online scoring tool at www.nahbgreen.org, which shows the builder how to accrue points in seven categories: water, energy and resource efficiency; lot and site development; indoor environmental quality; global impact and homeowner education. The program sets point requirements in each category for the bronze, silver and gold levels.

"This is great news for our members and for all home builders, but more importantly it's great news for home buyers," said NAHB Vice President and Secretary Bob Jones, a home builder in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Jones announced the program launch during a press conference at the International Builders' Show in Orlando, Fla.

"We green builders have wanted to see these sustainable building practices go mainstream for years, because we have always known that it's the right thing to do," said Green Building Subcommittee chair Ray Tonjes, a home builder in Austin, Texas, who joined Jones for the announcement.

Homes are inspected and verified by local green experts and the documentation is sent to the NAHB Research Center for review. If the project qualifies, the home can receive national certification from the Research Center, Tonjes explained.

Local home builders associations will continue to provide education, advocacy and promotional assistance to their green builders using new, expanded resources from NAHB, Jones said. 

"NAHB builders have been green pioneers, building 100,000 green homes certified by local programs all over the country," Jones said. "The NAHB National Green Building Program builds on this energy and innovation and takes green building mainstream."

"The time has come. Home buyers are ready for green, and NAHB is ready for today's home buyers," he said.