Builders talk ‘green building’ with lawmakers

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has urged Congress to support its green building efforts by fostering private sector innovation in green construction for millions of homes that are waiting to be built.

Speaking before the House Small Business Committee, Bob Jones, vp and secretary of the NAHB, suggested lawmakers could help foster more eco-friendly construction by keeping the “market free of mandates.”

 “More than 100,000 homes have been built and certified by voluntary, builder-supported green building programs around the country since the mid-1990s,” Jones said. “The green movement in residential construction derives much of its strength from its voluntary nature.”

Additionally, he urged committee members to consider allocating funds for education and training in green building; and expanding federal tax credits for green builders passed in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Jones also said federal tax credits encourage the construction of new energy efficient homes, promote the use of energy-saving home improvements for existing homes and spur innovation.