Certified Green Professional - National Association of Home Builders
The National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.
LEED Professional Accreditation - U.S. Green Building Council
The USGBC distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. More than 75,000 people have earned the credential since the Professional Accreditation program was launched in 2001.
In 2008, administration of the Professional Accreditation program transitioned to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Green Building Certification Institute, established with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council, handles exam development and delivery to allow for objective, balanced management of the credentialing program.
Green Seal Certification Process - Green Seal (Product Certification)
Once a standard has been established, Green Seal accepts applications for certification. Products are then evaluated for compliance with the applicable Green Seal standard. Test data is gathered for the environmental and performance requirements outlined in the standard. The manufacturing facility is then visited to evaluate quality control procedures. This ensures that the current product is representative of future production.
If the product meets the Green Seal standard, it will be awarded the Green Seal. The seal may be used on the product, on packaging, in advertising, promotional materials, catalogs, and in product descriptions. See Rules Governing Use of the Green Seal Certification Mark.
Once certified, products are subject to annual monitoring to ensure that the product offered for sale continues to meet the Green Seal standard. Any deviation is immediately brought to the manufacturer's attention and corrective action must be instituted within an appropriate time. Non-compliance may result in termination of the manufacturer's privilege to carry the Green Seal on its product.
Energy Star - (Product Partnership)
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.
Energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice.
- If looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy.
- If looking for a new home, look for one that has earned the ENERGY STAR.
- If looking to make larger improvements to your home, EPA offers tools and resources to help you plan and undertake projects to reduce your energy bills and improve home comfort.
Because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings — for the bottom line and the environment — as typical approaches, EPA’s ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements.
EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 62,000 buildings across the country. EPA also recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR. See Product Eligibility
The Environments for Living - Consulting/Education
The Environments For Living® program is an initiative of Masco Home Services, Inc., a Masco company. The program was launched in 2001, in response to a growing need for professional services to support regional and national home builders in applying building science and energy-efficient construction practices in the field.
Under the Environments For Living program, Masco Home Services uniquely offers a complete suite of turnkey services for builders. These include pre-construction plan reviews that use industry-standard home-energy analysis software, various inspection services, diagnostic testing utilizing industry-standard authentication tools. Builders can also take advantage of building science training, sales training, and marketing assistance. The program also offers homeowner limited guarantees on heating and cooling energy use and comfort.*
A non-profit consortium founded by students. NAAGE is comprised of educational institutions and organizations with a commitment to environmental studies programs, located in diverse bioregions. Our mission is to combine strengths to maximize educational opportunities for students and faculty.