Home Builders Go Green

The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa last month announced the formation of a Green Building Council.
The new arm of the trade group will focus on providing leadership in sustainable home building, remodeling and land development through voluntary, market-driven green building standards and practices.
“The Home Builders Association is excited to be on the forefront of the local green initiative, helping make Tulsa a more sustainable community,” said Brandon Perkins, president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa. “Though the targeted group, we are poised to respond to consumer demand for more efficient and environmentally responsible housing options and to forward our vision of making green practices both affordable and mainstream in Tulsa.”
As an affiliate program, the Green Building Council will help foster more green building professionals in the area by offering educational opportunities for its members, including seminars leading to the NAHB Certified Green Professional designation and other green-related technology and building science issues. It will also provide a link to national verification and certification services to home builders in the Tulsa metro area.
“We’re very happy to offer this national certification program to consumers,” Perkins said. “NAHB green is a name that home buyers can recognize anywhere, and it provides another proven path or consumers who are ready to go green.”
Announcement of the council was made at an under-renovation home at 3530 E. 21st Place.
Chad Burden, an Oklahoma State University-Tulsa graduate student studying environmental science with an emphasis on green building and sustainable construction practices, is renovating the home as the subject of his master’s thesis. When complete, he plans to have the home dual certified under both the NAHB National Green Building Standard and LEED-Home programs.
Burden said resources like the Green Building Council are important, among other reasons, to help home owners and builders distinguish between truly sustainable practices and marketing ploys.
“With green becoming the new red, white and blue, advertisers have created a lot of green washing in the marketplace,” he said. “Determining what qualifies as green building product can be confusing. Thus, a consensus-based, third-party certification standard is really the best way to look back and know what you’ve done is sustainable. People don’t live in their homes forever, so meeting a standard is important for future generations as much as it is for the current home owner.”

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