Green is the theme at the IBS show

Orlando, Fla. The International Builders’ Show is shaping up to be heavy on the “green,” with numerous references to the hot eco-friendly market segment.

The National Association of Home Builders heavily promoted its new National Green Building Program, launched officially on Feb. 14 in what the group designated as “Green Day” at IBS.

The program is meant to link several state and local green building programs with a universal online certification tool, national registry of green homes and green builders, and a collection of educational tools for home builders and home buyers, according to the NAHB. The show also included the NAHB “New American Home,” which this year featured an Energy Star-rated and certified green home, following standards designated by the Florida Green Building Coalition, as well as the aforementioned National Green Building Program standards. The home is the first to receive the NAHB’s new designation, according to the group.

Several builders discussed their experiences with green building. Clark Wilson started Green Builders Inc. last year, a group which is now building communities of Energy Star-rated homes in the Austin, Texas, area.

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