Green Certification Process

posted Mar 17, 2012, 4:35 AM by Keith Groninger   [ updated Mar 17, 2012, 4:35 AM ]
Each of the green certifying programs uses similar checklists for tracking the green components of a home and calculating the overall performance rating. In general "Green" can be categorized into: 
  • Property Characteristics; 
  • Site Development; 
  • Water Conservation; 
  • Energy Efficiency; 
  • Smart Resources; 
  • Durable Construction; 
  • Indoor Health; 
  • Environmental Awareness; 
  • Waste Management; and
  • Operations and Maintenance.
Each comprises several methods of varying values that meet the intent of the category. The process is an integrative whole-building approach where points earned in one category may benefit or impede performance elsewhere. 

A preliminary analysis can be performed during the home design phase so that goals can be established for development of the project. Some of the most cost-effective and beneficial results can be obtained by incorporating green decisions into the early design phase. 
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