Green Certifications

Built Green  http://www.builtgreen.net/index.html

Built Green is an environmentally-friendly, non-profit, residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, developed in partnership with King County, Snohomish County, and other agencies in Washington state. Its website includes a directory of  members, as well as useful resource and information on buying, building, remodeling and maintaining a green home. Also check out the calendar of public events and classes.

Energy Star   http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_how_earn (make hyperlink)

ENERGY STAR is the trusted, US Environmental Protection Agency symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

The ENERGY STAR label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy; and to make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

LEED US Green Building Council  http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=124

LEED is the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe.  It is certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. LEED is a certification program for buildings, homes and communities that guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance. Today, nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 8.9 billion square feet of construction space.

Northwest Energy Star http://www.northwestenergystar.com/ — make hyperlink

ENERGY STAR® is a program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to help us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and programs. The Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program is a regional initiative intended to promote the construction of energy efficient homes using the guidelines set forth by the EPA.

Homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR label are at least 15% more efficient than homes built to current state building codes. These homes improve the overall construction quality and provide homeowners with better built, more comfortable homes that can only be achieved through ENERGY STAR.

Energy Calculators

Use these, to estimate your energy and cost savings by using energy-efficient products.

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Track Your Project

Make a green home improvement to-do list and track your progress.

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Idea Gallery

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