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The GreenHome Institute’s – NGBS Green: Rigorous, Accessible Green Certification for Existing Buildings

January 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

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Existing multifamily and mixed-use buildings can use the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) to earn green certification when the buildings are renovated to be more sustainable and efficient. The NGBS accommodates building renovation projects from moderate renovation to gut rehab, including historic preservation and adaptive reuse, and the 2020 NGBS version introduced more compliance options for added flexibility. NGBS Green is flexible, affordable, and rigorous, and certification can help the building be eligible for a host of financing and other incentives.

Hear from Cindy Wasser, Senior Manager of Green Building Programs at Home Innovation Research Labs, on the process and requirements for existing buildings to achieve green certification. Graham Giovagnoli, Partner with Eco Achievers, will share examples of certified projects and identify the building features that contributed toward achieving NGBS Green Certification.

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
American Institute of Architects – AIA (HSW) (PENDING)
Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
State Architect / Builder License may be applicable
Lessons Learned:


Understand how existing multifamily and mixed-use buildings can be certified as compliant with the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS).
Learn about the flexible requirements for remodeled buildings to be green certified, including the major changes reflected in the 2020 NGBS version.
Understand how NGBS Green Certification positions multifamily owners and developers to access important financing and other incentives.
Hear examples of certified multifamily renovation projects that earned NGBS Green Certification.
Speakers: Cindy Wasser & Graham Giovagnoli

Cindy Wasser, MBA is the Senior Manager of Green Building Programs at Home Innovation Research Labs. In this role, she provides strategic support to the NGBS Green Certification program, and her efforts have contributed to the program becoming the leading green building certification program for residential construction. Cindy leads the development of new program features and tools that are utilized by verifiers and developers seeking green certification. In 2020, Cindy was recognized by Professional Builder magazine as a 40-under-40 rising star in the homebuilding industry.

Since 2010, Graham Giovagnoli has worked to further the movement in Sustainable Place Making through multiple disciplines – including green building certification, energy rating, weatherization programs, training/proctoring and solar PV design. He has performed countless energy audits and diagnostic tests, and personally certified about 100 BPI Building Analysts through the Illinois funded Urban Weatherization Initiative. He currently works primarily on multifamily PHIUS, NGBS and ENERGY STAR projects of every size and shape.

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