Frankel Building Group, custom home builders in Houston TX, is honored to be affiliated with the following industry associations:
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), based in Washington DC, is dedicated to promoting a prosperous, sustainable American future through cost-efficient, energy-saving green buildings. With 78 local affiliates, 18,000+ member companies and organizations, and 140,000+ LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Better building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system providing independent, third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built with measures to improve performance across the most important metrics: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators with a concise framework to identify and implement practical, measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED is can be applied to commercial as well as residential buildings of all types. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.
NAHB, “The voice of America’s housing industry,” is a trade association based in Washington, D.C. with the mission of enhancing the climate for housing and the building industry. Among NAHB’s chief goals is to provide and expand opportunities for all consumers to have safe, decent and affordable housing. NAHB also helps promote policies that keep housing a national priority.
Founded in 1942, NAHB unites more than 800 state and local associations. About a third of the association’s 160,000+ members are home builders / remodelers. The remaining members work in fields closely related to the housing industry, such as mortgage finance and building products and services.
NAHB’s groups analyze policy issues, promote the industry through media and other outlets, monitor and work toward improving the housing finance system, and analyze and forecast economic and consumer trends. They also provide a wide range of services to members and Home Builder Associations.
The association also represents the home building industry’s interests on Capitol Hill and works to keep housing a national priority during lawmaking and the establishment of policies. NAHB also works with federal agencies on regulations affecting the housing industry in areas such as mortgage finance, codes, energy and the environment.
About 80 percent of new homes built each year in the U.S. are constructed by NAHB members.
The Greater Houston Builders Association, a local trade association chartered in 1941, represents all aspects of the greater Houston area’s home building industry. The GHBA interacts with the government, community and public to enhance the business climate for its members and provide quality obtainable housing to the greater Houston community. GHBA is also active in community outreach and charitable events.
Founded in 1946, the Texas Association of Builders creates a positive business environment for the housing industry by addressing Texan’s housing issues. An affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders, the Texas Association of Builders includes 34 local home builders associations.
With its 10,000 members representing 600,000 jobs and $30 billion of the Texas economy, TAB plays a crucial role in providing housing for Texans. The staff and lobbyists of the association’s nationally recognized government relations program has help get legislation passed that resulted in significant savings to the home building industry and, in turn, to the home buying public. They have also helped defeat numerous bills that had the potential to harm our building industry.
The 20 Clubs are comprised of similar type builders or remodelers from non-competing markets meeting several times a year to share wisdom and learn from each other ways to improve their operations and increase their bottom lines. Members share and compare financial information, look for trouble spots, and offer each other advice on how to increase their profit ratios and improve their performance. Scott Frankel is a member.
The ultimate symbol of the building professional, the Graduate Master Builder designation is only for experienced veteran builders. Before beginning the GMB designation process, you must have the CGB designation, the CGR designation, or the CGA designation with five years of building experience, or ten years of building experience and have completed three CGB/CGR/CGA courses. GMB courses are more advanced with in-depth instruction geared for experienced building professionals. Scott and Jim Frankel are both GMBs.
Exclusively for experienced builders and remodelers, the Master Certified Green Professional designation comprises a more in-depth study of green building science and methods. Courses required for the Master CGP designation cover topics like building science techniques, the high-performance home, and marketing strategies for selling green. The Master CGP builds on the Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation and expands into the mechanics of green building. To receive this designation you must be a builder or remodeler with five years of green building experience and have built or remodeled and certified at least three dwellings in a three-year period to a recognized local, state or national certified green residential program. You must also complete the four required courses. Scott Frankel is a Master CGP.
Buyers can trust green homes and products that come with the Green Build Gulf Coast’s discriminating certification. GBGC is the new green building program launched by the Greater Houston Builders Association that adheres to the National Green Building Standard ICC 700-2008. When consumers see the Green Built Gulf Coast certification, they can be confident that the product has undergone strict, third party verification for compliance with these rigorous national standards.
Green Built Gulf Coast is modified to place priority on green features that address concerns specific to the Gulf Coast’s unique environment. Extreme heat, humidity, foundation issues and more contribute to the necessity for a program like GBGC, to ensure Gulf Coast homebuyers get the green features that will make the biggest difference in our unique climate.
Save Time. All the Green is here. There’s no way around it. Only the most efficient, eco-friendly homes and products can receive GBGC certification, which makes things simple for you. No need to shop around. All of the city’s participating green builders are at GBGC.