Smart Growth Education Foundation

Northeast Ohio Green Building Initiative

What is the Smart Growth Education Foundation?

What is Smart Growth?

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What is the Northeast Ohio Green Building Initative?

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What is the Smart Growth Education Foundation?

The Smart Growth Education Foundation was formed in 1999 to represent the homebuilding industry's concern for future residential development and efficient land use in Northeast Ohio.  The goals of the foundation are to:

Educate Northeast Ohio communities concerning planning and development concepts;
Form partnerships with other smart growth-related groups; and
Present options to local governments in order to ensure orderly residential growth, environmental compatibility and quality home choices for all economic segments of the region.

The Foundation represents and is funded by home builders in the counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Summit.   

What is the Smart Growth?

Principles for Growth in Northeast Ohio
The Smart Growth movement is beginning to have, and will increasingly have, a profound impact on home building and commercial development in this region and throughout the country.  It deals with basic issues such as the availability of land for housing; the type of housing development plans that will be approved and implemented; the impact of new housing starts on farmland and open space; environmental and infrastructure issues; and the re-development of cities and older suburbs.  

There are complex and emotional issues that will take a committed approach, as well as consensus-building with other stakeholders to resolve.  The following growth-related principles define the areas that home builders in Northeast Ohio endorse as we enter a new century of providing housing for the citizens of this area.

We are committed to:
Working with community groups and all levels of government
Improving local zoning codes and development regulations
Revitalizing  our older cities and older suburbs
Protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources
Increasing the opportunities for home ownership
Expanding the supply of improved residential building sites
Promoting more concentrated new residential development
Securing efficient and effective funding of infrastructure improvements

What is the Northeast Ohio Green Building Initiative?

The HBA has joined the Northeast Ohio GBI this month to promote Green Building to our members.  This again shows the Home Builders Association’s drive to work together as a collective group to promote home building in harmony with the environment.  This will be the HBA’s second collaboration with other HBA’s/BIA’s, the first being the Smart Growth Education Foundation (

Who is GBI?  Your source for practical green building information.  The GBI is a new voluntary program developed by the North Coast BIA and HBA of Greater Cleveland to promote and facilitate practical approaches to green construction.  Our goal is to make your business stand out in the marketplace.  We will give you all the tools you need to implement green building strategies that work for you, and to market green homes to your customers. 

Northeast Ohio GBI certifies homes that are built to our standards for performance, efficiency, sustainability, and health.  A certified home earns a bronze, silver, or gold rating based on the green building practices and materials utilized by the builder.  NEOGBI certification gives the builder and the homeowner a clear and quantitative measure of a home’s green features.   Northeast Ohio GBI initiative certifies homes that meet high standards in each of the following areasLot Preparation and Design; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency and Conservation; Indoor Air Quality; Operation, Maintenance and Homeowner Education; and Global Impact.  The Northeast Ohio Green Building Initiative Program follows the new NAHB Model Green Building Program.

Members that are interested in Green Building and learning more about the Green Building Initiative can contact the HBA for more information and to join.


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