Home Innovation Research Labs recently celebrated the 100,000th National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Certified home, which the lab says sends a significant, and positive, message concerning the general state of the home building industry. According to Home Innovation, NGBS has become the residential construction sector's preferred green certification program. When NGBS was started eight years ago, "we were in the midst of the housing downturn and were taking a big risk to ask builders to voluntarily build homes to an above-code green standard, and pay to have those homes scrutinized under a rigorous third-party certification protocol,” says Home Innovation CEO Michael Luzier. "But we knew the program was sound and would provide value to those who chose to participate." The NGBS ratings system was designed to provide an accessible and practical national standard for builders to define and quantify green homes. It also developed a thorough and affordable third-party certification option. The standard's flexibility on the points a builder can choose to adjust to local market needs has helped all types of builders provide comprehensively green homes to mainstream buyers. Consumers also benefit from a level of confidence that they are getting a healthier, independently confirmed, and more comfortable home.