Upper Marlboro, MD – April 13, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Village in Burns Harbor, a neo-traditional community in Northwest Indiana, today became the first green land development project certified by the NAHB Research Center to the National Green Building Standard.
The 60-acre parcel was carved from unused farm fields and old commercial sites in the town of Burns Harbor, a once-dying steel town an hour from Chicago by train. The successful – and documented — focus on environmental stewardship earned the development its certification.
Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) earlier this year, the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard™ sets benchmarks and a verification protocol for single-family homes, apartments and condominiums, remodeling, as well as lot and site development. Already, more than 1,000 new homes, renovation projects, and subdivisions are in the scoring process for National Green Building Certification to the Standard.
In laying out the Village in Burns Harbor, developer T. Clifford Fleming protected environmentally sensitive areas, preserving existing vegetation and the natural water and drainage features on the site while adding more plants native to the Upper Midwest. The high-density residential areas are connected by sidewalk to the town center, and two South Side railroad line stations are within five miles of the development, providing easy access for commuting.
When completed, the community will include a mix of 265 single-family, semi-detached, and multifamily homes and a town center with retail, residential, and commercial development. Sixty homes have already been completed, including two Coolman Communities’ single-family homes that were certified earlier this year by the Research Center. For homes to be certified, builders must address a range of factors, including energy, resource and water efficiency; lot design and preparation; indoor environmental quality; and education for the homeowner on the operation and maintenance of the green home.
Since February 2008, the NAHB Research Center has been administering National Green Building Certification using the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines as its scoring platform; the option to have a project scored to the National Green Building Standard became available when the Standard was approved by ANSI in January 2009. For more information on National Green Building Certification and the National Green Building Standard, visit the NAHBGreen website.