What Makes A Home Or Building Green?

Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Legends Realty Group 30PA1082583

In order for a building or home to be certified as "Green" it must be certified by one of the nationally recognized rating programs.  The Most Common are as follows:

1) LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) 


3) HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System). 

Today I will focus on LEED so I don't overwhelm you with information, tomorrow I will focus on ENERGY STAR and so on.

is a third party certification program that sets design, construction, and operational standards for high performance green buildings.  The certification is awarded by the US Green Building Council.

Qualifying Criteria Includes:

1) New Construction And Major Renovations

2) Existing Buildings

3) Commercial Interiors

4) Core And Shell

5) Schools

6) Homes

The Certification are awarded as:

1) Certified

2) Silver

3) Gold

4) Platinum

Points are earned to complete the certification in the following categories:

1) Sustainable Sites

2) Water Efficiency

3) Energy And Atmosphere

4) Materials And Resources

5) Indoor Environment Quality

6) Innovation And Design Process

7) Neighborhood Development

The process of getting certified is time intensive and complicated.  There is a lot of documentation and independent verification by a LEED Certified Professional.  If you are interested in the process you should consider hiring a consultant to guide you through the process.

For more comprehensive information feel free to visit http://www.USGBC.org.


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Troy Jowers
Pogo Realty, LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Realtor

Hi Christopher, thanks for the info and I look forward to the follow ups. Have you been through this process with a client or personally. It does seem awfully complicated! Just how long did it take?

Jul 02, 2009 01:54 PM #1
Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

Hi Troy, Glad you liked the post.  I have not personally gone through the process and the reason I posted it was to show people what's really involved.  So many people throw the term "Green" around without really knowing what it means or the different degrees.  I will be posting one of the follow ups tomorrow night.  I got caught up with the holiday weekend!  Have a great 4th!

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