Earth Advantage Certification
1. Explain briefly what is the basic certification process (application, inspection, completion)?
Assuming a home passes both the rough and final inspection necessary to receive Earth Advantage certification, our part of the process takes roughly between 4 to 6 hours depending on the size of the house. The time between inspections depends on the builders own construction schedule.
We don’t list our pricing for certifications.
Our certification compared to LEED® for Homes, Passive House or Living Building Challenges is much simpler. We have an online tool that makes it easy for builders to track measures against points earned and our full time energy modeler works with our green building consultants to provide a very clear pathway for each builder to achieve their goals. Often our Silver level home certification is a gateway for builders to move beyond code and get on the pathway to building high performance homes. Many of our builders build to increasingly higher standards over time and will sometimes combine other certifications, like PHIUS+ with our own.
Our certification is based on five pillars—Energy, Health, Land, Materials, and Water. If builders achieve a Zero Energy or Zero Energy Ready certification there is also a renewable energy component factored in. We encourage builders to think of the home as a holistic system, not just energy savings. Energy efficiency certainly plays a large role in the buildings certification process however.
To date we have certified over 15,500 single family homes and over 7,000 multifamily units.
Our certification covers all of Oregon and a portion of SW Washington state. Our education and training is nation-wide and is currently offered in over 7 states. Our research is focused on the impact of buildings and energy efficiency in the Northwest region.
Yes, we have an Earth Advantage Remodel certification. A home can certify to a specific pillar (i.e. Energy) in their renovation, or do a whole house renovation that fully certifies across all five of our pillars.
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.