Green Builder Media (GBM) launched Green Builder College, an online educational program that will certify building professionals as green builders. The program teaches building professionals how to incorporate sustainable systems and practices into their projects, leading to the development of more environmentally appropriate structures.

Through a partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, GBM has launched the “Defining Green VISION House” program, a comprehensive market research and laboratory testing project to generate groundbreaking information about green building, including builder and consumer purchasing patterns and expectations for the future. Through this project, GBM will develop a template that will shape the future of residential construction.

GBM’s founding partner and editorial director Ron Jones is currently serving as chairman of the consensus committee that is taking the NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process for national certification. The International Codes Council (ICC) also is partnering with ANSI on the initiative. The consensus committee intends to bring uniformity and standard practices to the way residential homes are constructed in the United States and beyond.

“There is a considerable amount of confusion as local municipalities and cities try to establish codes and standards for green building,” Jones said.

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