In October, 2006, the American National Standards Institute accredited the U.S. Green Building Council as an official Standards Developing Organization. The USGBC joins 200 plus organizations that can submit voluntary certifications, such as its LEED program, for approval as an American National Standard.
LEED, known for its national green building rating systems for commercial buildings, is in the pilot stage of testing a national green building ratings program for homes. The testing period is expecting to conclude in the spring and LEED for Homes will publicly launch in June 2007.
The Green Building Initiative became a standards developing organization in late 2005 and submitted Green Globes, a green management tool that includes an assessment protocol, rating system and guide for integrating environmentally friendly design into commercial buildings, for approval as a national standard.
And the NAHB Research Center, also an ANSI standards developer, submitted NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines, introduced in January 2005, for national standard certification.
In a couple of years, there could be three ANSI-approved national green building standards, along with the numerous local, regional and organizational requirements and certifications in existence today. With so many choices, it’s hard to know what to do or where to start on the journey toward more environmentally sound, energy efficient, sustainable building. There’s no silver bullet, but there are many resources.
Here are a few links to websites that can get you started. Check back for additions and updates.