In keeping with increasing demand for energy and resource efficiency, TNAH 2017 was designed and built to accomplish "Net Zero" and Emerald status certification under the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The standard was developed by NAHB and the International Code Council and is approved by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute. Emerald is the highest of the four levels of green building achievement that the standard recognizes.

To attain Emerald status, TNAH 2017 will rely on the latest innovations in green building and construction technology, including a state-of-the-art energy efficiency package. The home’s green building features include photovoltaic panels and open celled spray-foam insulation that also reduces sound transmission through plumbing walls. It also includes a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically adjusts usage relative to the immediate climate, tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces and sustainable building materials.

Through verification processes handled throughout the entire construction schedule, TNAH 2017 Energy Consultant, Drew Smith at Two Trails, Inc. will be ensuring that all aspects of the building envelope meet the highest and most strict standards of energy regulations to date.

Anticipated Certifications:

  • National Green Building Standard - Emerald Level Certification
  • US DOE Energy Star Certified
  • US DOE Zero Energy Ready Home
  • US EPA Indoor airPLUS
  • Wellness Within Your Walls


All certifications are continuously monitored and sought for during the building process. Certifications will be confirmed upon completion of the project and verifications approved. Upon certifications a complete list will be published. 

Click here to download a complete breakdown on the environmental performance profile of the 2017 New American Home.