There are numerous green building certifications available to builders of energy-efficient new homes. Our team of accredited raters and designers can guide you through the options to determine the best path forward to maximize your investment and provide lasting value for the homeowner.
To earn ENERGY STAR certification, a new home or apartment must meet strict energy efficiency requirements established by the Energy Star Residential New Construction program. Certification through Energy Star provides a clear path toward receiving substantial tax credits, specifically the 45L energy-efficient tax credit.
The Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (DOE ZERH) program provides guidelines for building homes in a way that is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes. Some of the key features of DOE ZERH certification include the use of high-efficiency insulation and windows, the implementation of airtight construction techniques, and the installation of a renewable energy system such as solar panels. This certification path qualifies builders or developers to claim the 45L tax credit.
The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It is also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. A certified Home Energy Rater assesses the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home.
To earn ENERGY STAR certification, a new home or apartment must meet strict energy efficiency requirements established by the Energy Star Residential New Construction program. Certification through Energy Star provides a clear path towards receiving substantial tax credits, specifically the 45L energy-efficient tax credit.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the ANSI as an American National Standard. NGBS Green Certification verifies that a home, 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.