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Green Homes 101

Wondering what makes a home LEED Certified? Check out this great article entitled Green Homes 101. It covers all the basics! Have more questions? Check the FAQs below!

Green Home Checklist

Whether you’re a homebuyer or a renter looking for a green home, how do you know if a home is truly green? What should you look for? This checklist will help you identify a truly green home and ensure you get a healthier, high-performance green home that costs less to operate and has fewer environmental impacts. Click here to view the Green Home Checklist.

USGBC Frequently Asked Builder Questions

Building your first “green” home? Have a client who wants to know what it takes to be LEED for Homes certified? Check out this page for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here Contact Us today, we’d be happy to help!

USGBC Frequently Asked Home Buyer Questions

Interested in a LEED certified home but have questions? We knew you did! This page will answer to some of the most frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here Contact Us today, we’d be happy to help!

REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines

Think you’re locked out of LEED for Homes certification because you are already in a home? Think again! The American Society of Interior Designers’ Foundation and USGBC have partnered to launch REGREEN, the nation’s first green residential remodeling guidelines. The guidelines are free to download and are full of best practices, case studies, and other resources. Download the REGREEN Guidelines today!

LEED for Homes and the Home Energy Group are about more than just construction practices, green living is a lifestyle! Check this page out for great tips on “Living Green”.

Features of ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes

To qualify your new home as ENERGY STAR certified a home must be at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy saving features that typically result in 20-30% more efficiency than standard homes.

There are six steps to an ENERGY STAR qualified home:

  1. Effective Insulation. Learn more about Properly Installed Insulation (149KB)
  2. High-Performance Windows. Learn more about Qualified Windows (212KB)
  3. Tight Construction and Ducts. Learn more about Efficient Duct Systems (163KB)
  4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment. Learn more about:
    Qualified Heating Equipment (142KB)
    Qualified Cooling Equipment (178KB)
    Mechanical Ventilation (140KB)
  5. Efficient Products. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified products:
    Qualified Appliances (153KB)
    Qualified Lighting (170KB)
    Advanced Lighting Package (91KB)
    High Efficiency Water Heaters (177KB)
  6. Third Party Verification. Learn more about Independent Inspection and Testing (182KB)
    Contact Us today to learn more about Third Party Verification.

Learn more about available tax credits for consumers and home builders.

The stimulus bill was chalked full of energy saving incentives for consumers and home builders. Be the hero for your clients by helping them understand and navigate the available tax credits. For more information check out the ENERGY STAR website.

Tax Credits for Consumers
Tax Credits for Home Builders
Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings
Stimulus information for State and local governments
Tax Credit Legislation
IRS Guidance