Washington, D.C., August 14 - The NAHB announced it has certified more than 1,000 builders, remodelers, and other industry members under its Certified Green Professional (CGP) educational designation. The program, which was launched at the International Builders' Show in February, signifies the recipient has completed 24 hours of classroom training and has a minimum of two years of industry experience.

As reported previously in EcoHome, the NAHB had hoped to reach 500 designees by the end of the year.

"Of course we expected the CGP to be popular, because as green building grows, many consumers are looking for a builder with real credentials in today's market," said NAHB president Sandy Dunn in today's announcement. "Nevertheless, this is phenomenal growth. The home building industry clearly sees the value in this designation, and consumers will, as well."

Home buyers can search for Certified Green Professionals in their area, along with other designations, at www.nahb.org/builderremodelerdirectory.