Green building means different things to each person. The desire for a well-built, environmentally friendly home has brought enormous change to the construction market. Third-party verification is an approach that ensures the homeowner is getting the most credible, sustainable and efficient attributes in their project. We can collaborate with you to achieve any of your green building goals, whether it is certification or simply a best-practices approach to reach your own targets.
LEED for Homes, Passive House, NAHB Green and Energy Star are a few of the national certification programs that can be followed. We have years of experience with a variety of progressive building methods to acheive the goals of energy efficiency and high performance. Read more about these programs to learn how we approach building a great home, even if certification isn't part of the plan.
■ LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is an initiative designed to promote the transformation of the mainstream building industry toward more sustainable practices. LEED for Homes is targeting the top 25% of new homes with best practice environmental features. LEED for Homes is a collaborative initiative that actively works with all sectors of the homebuilding industry.
The LEED for Homes Rating System is part of the comprehensive suite of LEED assessment tools offered by the USGBC to promote sustainable design, construction and operations practices in buildings nationwide. The LEED for Homes rating system measures the overall performance of a home in eight catagories:
Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Awareness and Education.
For more information, please call us or visit: www.usgbc.org/LEED for Homes
■ Passive House
The Passive House standard is based on the concept of dramatically reducing the energy consumption of the typical building. The Passive House building shell is extremely air-tight and super insulated and the house is designed to use a small amount of electricity. With energy costs constantly rising, the Passive House standard represents a huge step towards slashing both energy demands and operating costs.
For more information, please call us or visit: www.passivehouse.us
■ NAHB Green