exactly does the green claim mean? What environmentally sound features
and building techniques were used? Some buildings are far more
sustainably built than others. To help you judge the validity of claims,
some builders seek to meet the standards of national or local rating
Residential Rating Programs
Commercial Rating Programs
| Across the country there
are actually some 80 local and regional green-home certification
programs, most of which are tied to local climactic conditions.
|| In the US, LEED and ENERGY STAR are
the leading providers of tools, resources and green building rating
systems, for commercial properties
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|| LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
|| LEED Green Building Rating System is
a third-party certification program and benchmark for the design,
construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
|| The National Green Building Standard
was facilitated by the National Association of Home Builders and
approved in early 2009 by the American National Standards Institute
||Green Globes Rating System
is an environmental assessment and rating system for commercial and
institutional buildings. The Green Globes system is a green management
tool that includes an assessment protocol, rating system and guide for
integrating environmentally friendly design into commercial buildings.
||ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes
is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the
environment through energy efficient products and practices.
|| To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System
||The REGREEN Residential Remodeling
program is a collaborative effort between the American Society of
Interior Designers (ASID) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
REGREEN was designed to provide best green practices and resources for
green remodeling professionals and savvy homeowners alike.
||BOMA BESt is
an environmental certification program for commercial buildings. BOMA
BESt has evolved from simply identifying key best practices to providing
common standards; an array of educational and on-line assessment tools;
independent data audits; and a four-level performance certification
|| Water Sense an EPA Program
Launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program
that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by
promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient
products, programs, and practices
|| US Department of Energy Builders Challenge
DOE has posed a challenge to the homebuilding industry to build an
increasing number of high performance homes which achieve a 70 or better
on the EnergySmart Home Scale (E-Scale). These homes will use at least
30% less energy than a typical new home built to code. The E-Scale
allows homebuyers to understand – at a glance – how the energy
performance of a particular home compares with others.
|| Earth Advantage® New Homes is
a green certification that uses ENERGY STAR as a point of departure but
adds sustainability features and building processes that make the home
healthier and more resource-efficient. Earth Advantage New Homes offers
three possible levels of certification – silver, gold and platinum,
depending on points earned.
|| The Earth Advantage Commercial Program
was established with the vision of bringing an affordable, alternative
green rating system to the market, enabling small commercial buildings
to obtain a thorough and accepted third-party certification.|