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Green Home Guide by USGBC

GreenHomeGuide_BookGreenHomeGuide is provided by USGBC. The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.


Green Home Certification and Education Programs

There are two kinds of green residential programs: national programs and local programs.

National programs (listed below) offer green building certification and/or education nationwide. 

Local programs are provided by organizations that have a defined geographical focus whether it be a metropolitan area, a county (or counties), statewide or regional.

LEED For Homes LogoLEED for Homes

LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes, including affordable housing, mass-production homes, custom designs, stand-alone single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses, suburban and urban apartments and condominiums and lofts in historic buildings. More...


The REGREEN Residential Remodeling program is a collaborative effort between the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). REGREEN was designed to provide best green practices and resources for green remodeling professionals and savvy homeowners alike. Find out how the REGREEN program can support you in your next green retrofit project. More...

Energy-Star_profileEnergy Star

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. More...

US-Department-of-ENERGY-profileUS Department of Energy Builders Challenge

DOE has posed a challenge to the homebuilding industry to build an increasing number of high performance homes which achieve a 70 or better on the EnergySmart Home Scale (E-Scale). These homes will use at least 30% less energy than a typical new home built to code. The E-Scale allows homebuyers to understand – at a glance – how the energy performance of a particular home compares with others. More...

Environments_Fof_Living_profileEnvironments For Living

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. More...

WaterSense_profileWater Sense an EPA Program

Launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. More...

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