i. Energy Star is a joint program of the US EPA and US Dept of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
ii. Nationally, Energy Star rated homes are much easier to obtain than other certifications because they do not incorporate all aspects of green building
iii. Fortunately they do incorporate the most important ones, such as effective insulation, high performance windows, air tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, and Energy Star qualified lighting and appliances.
USGBC’s LEED Rating System
i. The basic overview of green building I just gave you follows the LEED Checklist
ii. This rating system includes the Energy Stars rating system within it
iii. The way USGBC’s LEED rating system works is through a point system
iv. You must get a certain number of points to certify your building
v. Each level of points gives you a different certification from just being certified, to silver, gold or platinum. vi. The USGBC’s LEED rating system is one of the most progressive rating systems in the nation.
vii. It has grown considerably over the last five years including certification of everything from homes, to neighborhood development, to commercial, commercial interiors, to core and shell.
viii. If you are interested in building a LEED certified building, look for an architect or builder who is truly committed to the LEED rating system.
ix. Often times they will have a LEED Accredited Professional on board
x. LEED Accreditation is intended to facilitate the successful certification of building projects by encouraging industry professional’s understanding of the LEED rating system, the registration and certification process, and the fundamentals of sustainable design and green building practices.
Built Green – Colorado
i. The other two certifications are a national rating and this one is specific to Colorado.
ii. This voluntary program focuses on greater energy efficiency and reduced pollution, healthier indoor air, reduced water usage, the preservation of natural resources, while improving durability and reducing maintenance.
iii. Similar to the LEED rating system because there is a checklist to adhere to. It is actually quite extensive and you can select whatever you’d like off of it to incorporate into your building.
iv. This system is not as stringent as the LEED rating system. d. Many cities and towns have proclamated all their buildings are to be LEED certified, including the City of Steamboat Springs.