Types of Certifications
Certifications differ not just by location (regional, national or international) but by the many variables including sustainability, design, energy efficiency and much more. Here are just some of the many third party certifications that you may find on properties.
Earth Craft Certification
EarthCraft and other green building programs offer smart solutions to maximize efficiency and comfort while reducing the overall impact to our environment. Several factors make up green building:
- Building beyond what is required by code is a common strategy
- Saving energy and reducing operating costs are part of formula for paybacks to the homeowner
- Building green has more resilience and durability – the builder creates a better product
- Quality-built green homes have better indoor air quality and comfort levels – the homeowner has a better living environment.
LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs.
Developed in cooperation with Building Science Corporation under a US Department of Energy (DOE) grant, the PHIUS+2015 standard targets the sweet spot between investment and payback to present an affordable solution to achieving the most comfortable and cost-effective building possible and the best path for achieving zero energy and carbon. Buildings designed and built to this standard perform 60-85% better (depending on climate zone and building type) on an energy consumption basis when compared to a code compliant building (International Energy Conservation Code IECC 2009).
Website: Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certification
Passive House Institute
The ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program helps homebuyers easily identify homes that are significantly more energy efficient than standard construction in the marketplace. As code requirements have become more rigorous and builder practices have become more efficient, EPA has periodically modified the guidelines to ensure that certified homes represent a meaningful improvement over non-labeled homes.
National Green Building Standard
The National Green Building Standard™ certification goes well beyond saying a home is energy efficient; it provides independent, third-party verification that a home, apartment building, or land development is designed and built to achieve high performance in six key areas: Site Design, Resource Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Building Operation & Maintenance.
Website: National Green Building Standard NGBS
Our mission is to accelerate the creation of better buildings throughout the Northwest region of the U.S. by providing training to building professionals, conducting relevant research, and certifying single family, multifamily, and small commercial buildings.
Website: Earth Advantage
Built Green Certification
Built Green provides builders and consumers with easy-to-understand rating systems, which quantify environmentally-friendly building practices for both remodeling and new home construction, communities and multi-family development projects. These systems and the holistic certification framework demystify green building, showcase a variety of strategies, and provide a flexible path for builders to certify their projects.
(Home Energy Rating System) under Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Website: Better Buildings DOE's Home Energy Score
Website: Pearl Certification
Green Home Choice is a free, voluntary green home certification program sponsored by Arlington County. The homes are awarded points for being energy and resource efficient, sustainable and for providing a healthy living environment. In addition to certificates, program participants are offered lawn signs, recognition by the County Board in an annual reception, media attention and builder and designer recognition on this website.
Website: Green Home Choice Certification Process