Green Building Initiative
The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa is proud to be a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Partner. Through our program affiliation, we are able to help builders, remodelers, developers and home owners/buyers build and understand high performance construction and development. Additionally, we are able to provide members and consumers with educational resources, advocacy tools, a credible green standard, and referrals to a national green home certification system by Home Innovation Research Labs, a qualified and independent third party. Collectively, these offerings help builders, remodelers and developers build green in Tulsa and the surrounding area.
While some of the impetus to build green is being dictated by policymakers, increased awareness among home buyers is also driving the growth in this sector. Accordingly, the HBA helps prepare the industry by educating and credentialing building professionals, developing measurements for green building, and advocating at the national level for credible, voluntary, and market-sensitive green building initiatives.
What is Green Building?
Green building, also known as high performance building or sustainable construction has been practiced by builders and remodelers for centuries but the modern era of sustainable construction started in the 1970’s as oil prices rose and the need for energy efficiency increased.
High performance buildings are designed and constructed to incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process with the goal to minimize its environmental impact. Green building is a practical response to a variety of issues that affect all of us — like increasing energy prices, waning water resources, and changing weather patterns.
Choosing green means making intentional decisions about: