Programs & Community Support

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Environmental Advocacy through Affordable Sustainability Practices & Building


The Foundation For Building takes great pride in creating and collaborating on programs that will widen your eyes with excitement, inspire you to learn more about what we do and why we do it, and get you to say, "Wow, what a phenomenal idea! Tell me more."

Build Green New Mexico

This statewide program certifies green residential building and is housed under the Foundation For Building, which, in addition to its other goals, supports and encourages affordable housing and builder education. Build Green New Mexico is a voluntary program, the purpose of which is to encourage homebuilders to use technologies that support higher performing, more sustainable homes. These include products and practices that will provide greater energy efficiency and reduce pollution; healthier indoor air; reduce water usage; preserve natural resources; and improve durability and reduce maintenance.

The Foundation For Building adopted the Build Green New Mexico program in 2007 after spending nearly 15 years developing a successful and nationally-recognized residential green building program. The basis of the program was the National Association of Home Builders Model Green Home Building Guidelines. Build Green New Mexico has certified thousands of homes in the state and is recognized in several local and state codes. For more, visit

  • The Build Green New Mexico program has proven to be so successful that it has been used as a model nationwide.
  • In the past as many as 72% of the homes permitted and built in the City of Albuquerque were built using Build Green New Mexico standards.
  • BGNM was the certifying basis for the highly successful New Mexico State Sustainable Building Tax Credit, which resulted in thousands of energy-efficient homes being built across the state that otherwise could not have been constructed.
  • In the process, BGNM builders employed thousands of New Mexicans and generated significant tax revenues to the state and municipalities.

The Build Green New Mexico program is a voluntary program adopted by builders and homeowners.

Current Projects & Programs


  • Creating easy and beneficial ways for homeowners to make their homes more energy-efficient and healthier places to live.
  • Helping find and implement innovative tree canopy and green space solutions to reduce the significant negative impact from heat island effects in cities.
  • Finding innovative ways to provide energy-efficient and affordable housing for the families of our work force.
  • Helping develop creative and effective ways to enrich people‚Äôs experience of their downtowns and urban-core areas.

The Foundation For Building is committed to building sustainable and affordable communities through broad-based support to a wide-variety of organizations and programs. The following is just a partial list of programs we have supported in recent years:

  • ABQ Heading Home
  • Downtown Growers Market
  • Tree New Mexico
  • Saranam
  • The Barrett House
  • Women’s Housing Coalition
  • Three Sisters Kitchen
  • AgriCultura Network
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque
  • The New Mexico Humanitarian Awards
  • ABQ Downtown Main Street
  • Somos Albuquerque
  • NM Appleseed