National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professionals: Leading the Transformation of the Market

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Reprinted from NAHB Brochure 12/09

(NOTE: Four members of Mountain Construction's staff have completed the Certified Green Professional (CGP) training course.)

NAHB is helping its members and the building industry move the practice of green building into the mainstream with the NAHB National Green Building Program.

NAHB National Green Building Program
The program includes a green home verification and certification program through the NAHB Research Center, a variety of green educational offerings, advocacy on green building issues, and tools and resources for Home Builder Associations whose members want to go green. In addition to the CGP designation, NAHB provides members with services addressing education, recognition and market awareness. The NAHB National Green Building Program brings together a dynamic network of voluntary local green building programs that have certified 130,000 green homes in the last 10 years.

ICC-700 2008 National Green Building Standard
Based on the successful NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines, the NGBS is the first and only residential green building rating system to have gone through a full consensus process including government agencies, building officials, manufacturers, builders and environmental advocates. The NGBS covers all areas of residential construction, including single- and multi-family units, remodeling and site development.

NAHB National Green Building Conference
At this pre-eminent conference, attendees network and learn about the latest green practices and products for the mainstream residential building industry.

NAHB National Green Building Awards
These awards honor outstanding commitment and achievements among individuals and organizations at the forefront of "bringing them to the mainstream."

The Future of Residential Construction is Green.
The Certified Green Professional (CGP), an exclusive designation offered by the National Association of HomeGraph Builders, is designed to teach building industry professionals strategies for incorporating green building principles into homes using cost-effective and affordable options.

When you become a CGP, you gain a greater understanding of sustainable building techniques, knowledge of methods to achieve higher energy efficiency, marketing and sales tools specifically tailored to green building, and the business practices that foster success. You'll be able to demonstrate to consumers the enhanced environmental impact, increased performance and health benefits of green homes to potential buyers. Earning the CGP shows customers your commitment to staying current with industry innovations—including green building.

"The CGP gives you an excellent overview of what green building really is--it's so much more than energy efficiency. The designation is an outstanding opportunity to learn the basics of green building. It gives a broad yet detailed overview of the whole green building movement."--Ray Tonjes, CGP, Austin, TX

Green Building is Here to Stay
The exploding market for sustainable, environmentally friendly building products--along with expanding educational opportunities for builders and remodelers--has accelerated green building's acceptance by home owners and the building industry. A NAHB-McGraw Hill Construction Survey indicates that more than half of NAHB's members--who build more than 80 percent of the homes in this country--will incorporate green practices into the development, design and construction of new homes in the next two years.

Green building is more than just a checklist. It's the use of quality building practices that promote sustainability to make a home healthier and more efficient. The Certified Green Professional (CGP) provides a solid background in green building methods and the tools to reach consumers and to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.

"For builders to gain competitive advantage, they should become familiar with the use of green building practices--NAHB/McGraw-Hill Residential Green Building Smart Market Report, 2006

The CGP designation curriculum offers information on:
graph 2-The principles of energy, water and resource efficiency
-Indoor air and environmental quality
-Lot and site development for green homes
-Home buyer and owner education
-Common business challenges and practical tools to overcome them
-Business management, marketing and sales strategies to sell green

Earning the CGP designation demonstrates to your clients and peers your commitment to the best and latest in green building practices and techniques and that you hold yourself and your work to the highest standards of professional ethics.

NAHB also links consumers directly to you via an online directory at the which allows home buyers and owners to easily find experienced building professionals. You'll also have access to CGP LinkedIn group and networking with experts.

CGP Requirements
-Successfully complete the Green Building for Building Professionals course
-Successfully complete the Business Management for Building Professionals or Basics of Building course or hold an active NAHB professional designation
-Have a minimum of two years of building industry experience

Continuing Education
Twelve hours every three years from date of graduation
-At least six hours must be from NAHB Education activities
-At least eight hours must come from green building industry-related educational activities

-Graduation: NAHB Member $145; Non-member $245
-Annual Renewal: NAHB Member $55; Non-member $80

CGP courses are offered at local Home Builder Associations throughout the country. You can find schedules and locations at In addition, CGP courses are offered at national conferences such as The International Builders' Show and the National Green Building Conference.

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