Stephen Evanko is Recognized as Home Innovation 2023 NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

Local Green Home Verifier Applauded for Excellence in Advancing High-Performance Mainstream Home Building

Midlothian, VA, 5/8/2024– Stephen Evanko has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2023. NGBS Green, which is based on the ICC-700 National Green Building Standard® (NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program. Having now surpassed 500,000 NGBS Green Certified homes, the program is grateful for the momentum that our dedicated verifier partners have seeded and continue to nurture through their expert guidance to their clients.

Stephen Evanko
Stephen Evanko
2023 POE_VERIFIER-Legacy (Evanko.S)

Individuals or companies were recognized as Partners of Excellence in several categories – NGBS Green Verifiers; Single-Family Builders; Multifamily Builders/Developers; and Industry Advocates. Being among this elite group of green certification participants to be recognized validates the commitment he has made to providing clients with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the NGBS.

“NGBS Green Certification has always been a way for builders to differentiate their properties from others in the market for financial success,” said Michelle Foster, Home Innovation’s Vice President of Sustainability. “We’re now happy to see the market shifting to a new way of defining success, beyond just monetary gain. Due to an increased focus on ESG goals by investors and buyers, builders and developers are drawn to the program to demonstrate their commitment to a broader spectrum of environmental measures and their connection to social and management factors. NGBS Green is part of a new kind of success where our verifiers, like Stephen, can help their participating clients be sustainable and resilient and inclusive and profitable. Win, win, win, win!”

As an accredited NGBS Green Verifier, Stephen has provided independent verification services for over 400 buildings that became NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs. NGBS Green Verifiers are trained, tested, and accredited by Home Innovation to ensure consistency and rigor for NGBS Green Certifications across the country. Stephen has been recognized by Home Innovation as a Legacy Verifier, having been selected as a Partner of Excellence for over five consecutive years. Stephen is a true leader in the Energy and Sustainability space. He holds the following green credentials: LEED AP, GreenPointRated Rater, ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction, HERs Rater, Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Energy Auditor, and Healthy Home Evaluator. He has provided expert guidance and consultation to developers, property owners, and housing authorities on implementing green building practices. These practices enhance climate resiliency, minimize risks, and lead to significant cost reductions.

“Speaking for the entire “D3G Family” we are so thrilled for Stephen to receive this award and be
recognized as a Legacy Verifier. Stephen is an asset to D3G, and his dynamic leadership, communication and technical skills continue to build an incredible green team at D3G.” says CEO and Founder Rob Hazelton.

To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home/building must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of
additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.

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ABOUT DOMINION DUE DILIGENCE GROUP: Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G) is a full-service real estate due diligence firm. Founded in 1994 by Rob Hazelton, D3G was the original third-party due diligence consultant to concentrate on the HUD-FHA-MAP mortgage insurance industry. Our high-quality reporting, unmatched customer service, and efficient response time have made us the nation’s premier environmental, engineering, and energy due diligence provider. D3G is a nationally recognized company that maintains a rich and unique culture while meeting the rapidly growing needs of multifamily housing. We seek creative and driven individuals who share in our mission of navigating pathways to available, affordable, and resilient housing. Whether a tenured housing professional or new to the industry, we offer employment opportunities that prioritize professional, personal, and business goals.

ABOUT HOME INNOVATION RESEARCH LABS: Home Innovation Research Labs, located in Upper
Marlboro, Md., is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home building products – in short, we aim to perfect the home. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), our team has been integral in solving many of our client’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of the most groundbreaking innovations in construction. Through an interdisciplinary research approach – including market research, building science analysis, laboratory testing, and standards development – we help to find a home for innovation in the construction industry.