Steven Armstrong From Environmental Solutions Group Recognized as Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

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

“Steven Armstrong has proven year after year to serve as an invaluable resource to forward-thinking building contractors."

Steven Armstrong from Environmental Solutions Group has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2014. Being one of only a handful of Home Innovation’s green certification program partners to be recognized validates the commitment Mr. Armstrong has made to providing customers with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).

“’Going Green’ was a logical path for building professionals to follow when the market was in decline and everyone was looking for something to set themselves apart and make the sale,” said Home Innovation Research Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier. “But now that the market is coming back, dedicated partners like Environmental Solutions Group prove that participating in our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t just a gimmick or a fad – it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the marketplace.”

As an accredited NGBS Green Verifier since 2008, Steven Armstrong has provided independent verification services for thousands of units that have ultimately become NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs, including over 2400 units slated for certification in 2014. NGBS Green Verifiers are trained, tested, and accredited by Home Innovation to ensure consistency and rigor across the country for NGBS Green Certifications across the country. In addition to providing green build verification services for NGBS, Environmental Solutions Group certifies buildings for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Homes and WaterSense programs. The firm also developed and delivers UtiliStream, a powerful utility data management service for larger organizations to track and contain their utility costs.

“Steven Armstrong has proven year after year to serve as an invaluable resource to forward-thinking building contractors. We are very pleased that he continues to work with any property owner or contractor who wants to construct a high-performing building that is both efficient and comfortable,” said Craig Whittaker, President of Environmental Solutions Group.

To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home 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.

Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified more than 8,000 single-family homes, over 1,000 multifamily buildings representing close to 27,000 apartments, and 22 residential land developments representing more than 1,500 lots. (For more details on current certification numbers, visit For more information on the NGBS or the Home Innovation certification program, visit

For more information on Environmental Solutions Group visit or contact Craig Whittaker at 800.964.3465 or via e-mail at cwhittaker(at)

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