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Green Building Certification Programs
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What 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 systems.


 

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
 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 program.
 
   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.    
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 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. http://www.ryarts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/earth-advantage-logo-v2.png
 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.
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