HTG Honored for Commitment to Green Homebuilding
by on January 26, 2017 in News & Press

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 Local developer applauded for two certified projects in 2016

Coconut Grove, FL (January 26, 2017)Housing Trust Group (HTG), a leading multifamily developer, has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2016. NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program.

To date, HTG has constructed 31 residential buildings with 5,043 units that were NGBS Green Certified by Home Innovation Research Labs. These certified units include energy and resource-conserving features such as Energy-Star appliances, high-performance windows, native species landscaping, SEER 16+ HVAC systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and eco-friendly materials such as green label carpet and low VOC paint. Being one of an elite group of Home Innovation’s green certification participants to be recognized validates the commitment HTG has made to provide future tenants with increased value, comfort, durability, and efficiency through its NGBS Green Certified developments.

“Buildings, and those that live in them, consume considerable energy and affect our environment,” said Matthew Rieger, President and CEO of Housing Trust Group. “Developers have a tremendous responsibility in the area of sustainability, and we are thankful that NGBS has taken notice in our work and recognized us as a leader in the sustainable arena.”

To earn certification to the NGBS, a multifamily 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 Green Certified home or building 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 building to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than any other national certification program.

“As the home building market continues its rebound,” said Home Innovation president and CEO Michael Luzier, “dedicated partners like HTG prove that participating in our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t just a passing fad – it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the marketplace. Others around the industry could benefit from following the lead of this year’s Partners of Excellence and building on their success.”

Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified nearly 100,000 green single-family and apartment homes, and more than 1,650 lots within green residential land developments. For more information on NGBS Green Certified homes and Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Partner builders and remodelers, visit

HTG recently completed construction of Courtside Family Apartments in Miami, FL, in partnership with Alonzo Mourning, and Valencia Grove in Eustis, FL. HTG has six other affordable housing communities currently under construction in Florida including Wagner Creek in Miami, Freedom Gardens in Brooksville, Park at Wellington Phase I and Phase II in Holiday, Arbor View in Margate, FL and Covenant Villas in Belle Glade along with two market rate developments outside Florida: Forest Cove in Chattanooga, TN, and Aviva in Mesa, AZ.

About Housing Trust Group
Housing Trust Group (HTG) is an award-winning full-service developer of multifamily residential communities whose real estate transactions exceed $2 billion in commercial, land and residential developments across Florida, the Southeastern U.S. and Arizona. HTG develops, builds and manages a diverse portfolio of affordable housing, workforce housing, market-rate housing, and mixed-use developments. For more information, visit

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. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders, 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 residential 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 residential construction industry.

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