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Environmental Advocacy through Sustainable Practices & Building


At the Foundation For Building, we take 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."

With each project, we move our community not toward incremental changes but toward transformative, lasting changes. These include programs that focus on saving you money on utilities, developing net-zero energy homes for the homeless as well as for the home buyer, creating more healthful living spaces, generating holistic economic development and generally repurposing the built environment.

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 BGNM program in 2007 after the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico had spent 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 hundreds 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.
  • More than 72 percent of the homes receiving building permits in the City of Albuquerque in 2012-‘13 were certified by BGNM.
  • BGNM was the certifying basis for the highly successful New Mexico State Sustainable Building Tax Credit, which resulted in hundreds 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 Foundation is working on a number of exciting new programs. Please visit us in the future for updates.