The guidelines currently are in draft form. They incorporate energy efficiency, sustainability and green design. Separate Web sites will direct professionals and consumers to suitable resources for green home renovations.
The final guidelines will be released in March 2008, but they can be viewed now at www.regreenprogram.org.
The committee includes Dan Bulley, senior vice president of the MCA of Chicago; Kathy McCauley, president of McCauley Mechanical; Selena Worster of Mechanical Inc.; Tom Kelleher of AMS Mechanical; and Chuck Funke of Soderlund Brothers. Bulley and McCauley have LEED professional accreditation, and many others on the committee have ties to green building organizations.
On Green Day, the association will officially launch the NAHB National Green Building Program and will unveil the new Certified Green Professional educational designation for home builders, remodelers and other industry professionals.
Also on the docket: a full day of green educational seminars on topics from market trends and consumer research to innovative design and new products. Information about the 10th annual NAHB National Green Building Conference will also be available. Noted green architect and educator William McDonough is a featured speaker and also will conduct an in-depth session on “Cradle to Cradle” environmentally and ecologically efficient building practices.
While several other states have biodiesel content standards, Massachusetts would be the first to establish a biofuel standard for home heating oil- of particular significance since the Northeast makes a greater use of oil for home heating than other parts of the country.
The EPA presented Sloan with the Green Power Purchaser Award as part of a national competition that recognizes the leading market-based deployments of renewable energy technologies. The Green Power awards ceremony was held Oct. 22, 2007, during the National Green Power Marketing Conference in Philadelphia.