Public Comment Period for Second Draft of 2012 National Green Building Standard Opens April 27th


Upper Marlboro, MD – April 25, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — As part of the development of the 2012 edition of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS), and in accordance with the ANSI consensus process, the NAHB Research Center will commence a 45-day public comment period for the Second Draft of the Standard on April 27, 2012. The NAHB Research Center, an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, is serving as secretariat of the development process.

A PDF version of the Second Draft will be available for download from on April 27. Only those changes to the First Draft that were approved by the Consensus Committee during its February 2012 meeting, shown in legislative format in the Second Draft, are open for public comment. All public comments are required to be submitted on a web-based form, also available at The deadline for submitting public comments is June 11, 2012.

In addition, the Pre-Public Comments Report (PCR) that shows all of the tentative committee actions on the comments on the First Draft and other work of the committee will also be released on April 27. The Pre-PCR contains valuable information on the development of the NGBS and the Second Draft. (Please note: The final committee actions will be reported in the final PCR scheduled to be released on June 29, after the committee balloting process is complete.)

Below are other key dates remaining in development of the 2012 NGBS:

Public Comment Period on Second Draft of the Standard Begins April 27, 2012
Consensus Committee Ballot on Formal Actions on Public Comments from PCR Meeting Begins April 27, 2012
Committee Ballot Period Closes May 27, 2012
Public Comment Period Closes June 11, 2012
Circulation of Ballot and Public Comments on Second Draft Begins June 15, 2012
Circulation of Ballot and Public Comments Closes June 25, 2012
Public Comments Report Released;Appeals Period Begins June 29, 2012
Appeals Period Closes July 28, 2012
Appeals Hearings Held at NAHB Research Center August 8-10, 2012


Note that these dates are tentative and subject to change. Visit for the most recent information on the development process.

Initiated originally in 2007 by the International Code Council and NAHB, the 2008 National Green Building Standard was developed by a 42-member Consensus Committee and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in January 2009, making it the first point-based rating system for green residential construction, remodeling, and land development to be approved by ANSI. As an ANSI-approved standard, the document is subject to periodic updates as a way to ensure that advances in building codes, technology, and other developments can be considered for incorporation.

For additional information and all future updates on the 2012 NGBS development process, visit Any questions regarding the public comment period or any part of the standards development process should be directed to ">.

ABOUT THE NAHB RESEARCH CENTER: The NAHB Research Center, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., promotes innovation in housing technology to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of homes and home building products. Created nearly 50 years ago as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the NAHB Research Center has established itself as the source for reliable, objective information and research on housing construction and development issues. Through its various testing and certification services, the Research Center seal is internationally-recognized as a mark of product quality and an assurance of product performance.

NOTE TO EDITORS ON STYLE USAGE: To identify this company and its work correctly, first reference should be “NAHB Research Center.” If clarification of the acronym is necessary, the phrase, “a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB),” can follow. In subsequent mentions, “Research Center” is the only acceptable and accurate alternative reference.

Anne Holtz Schmick

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