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2017 Home Innovation NGBS Green Partners of Excellence

Home Innovation Research Labs recently announced their 2017 NGBS Green Partners of Excellence. We are honored to report three of our team members were selected as recipients: Jamie Hager, Rachel Della Valle, and Laurie Colwander.


NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program thanks in large part to its knowledgeable in-field verifiers.

Rachel and Laurie were recognized as accredited NGBS verifiers (with Rachel as a MASTER Verifier). Jamie was recognized for her advocacy of the NGBS program! We are grateful to have such an outstanding team.

It was also great to see so many of our partners being recognized so that 16 out of 132 award recipients are either one of our clients or partners!

To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.

Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified nearly 130,000 green single-family and apartment homes, and more than 1,650 lots within green residential land developments. For more information on NGBS Green Certified homes and Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Partner home builders and remodelers, visit


About Home Innovation Research Labs
Home Innovation Research Labs, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home building products – in short, we aim to perfect the home. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), our team has been integral in solving many of our client’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of the most groundbreaking innovations in residential construction. Through an interdisciplinary research approach – including market research, building science analysis, laboratory testing, and standards development – we help to find a home for innovation in the residential construction industry.


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