Green Home Certification

Building a Green Home is about going beyond minimum requirements set in building codes to construct homes that use less energy, waste, fewer materials and offer a fresher and healthier living environment. Whether you choose Energy Star®, LEED™, Built Green™ or others, third party certification provides verification that your home is designed and built to a higher energy standard.

  • Energy-Efficiency
  • Lower Energy Costs
  • Increased Resale Value
  • Durable Construction
  • Comfort
  • Health
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality
  • Sustainable Development

Ecolighten offers Architects, Builders and Homeowners Green Home Certification support with access to six (6) proven rating and certification programs. The information below provides a high-level summary of the rating and certification programs offered through Ecolighten.

Green Home Certification

ENERGUIDE: An EnerGuide rating shows a standard measure of your home's energy performance. The rating is calculated based on standard operation assumptions so that you can compare the energy performance of one house against another.

ENERGY STAR®: The Energy Star® for New Homes initiative promotes energy-efficiency guidelines that enable new homes to be more energy-efficient than those built to minimum provincial building codes. The increased efficiency of these homes translates into reduced energy costs for homeowners.

BUILT GREEN™: Built Green™ is a third party certification program for homes that are environmentally responsible. The Built Green™ name adds value to your home by promoting the use of practices and products that represents resource-efficient and environmentally friendly construction.

LEED™ FOR HOMES: LEED™ for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A LEED™ home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants.

R-2000: The R-2000 Standard is an industry-endorsed technical performance standard for energy-efficiency, indoor air tightness quality, and environmental responsibility in home construction. R-2000 is continually upgraded to include new technologies and it’s flexible enough to apply to any type of home.

PASSIVE HOUSE: The Passive House is the world's leading standard in energy-efficient construction. The Passive House concept is a rigorous home design standard that includes a very well-insulated, virtually air-tight building that is primarily heated by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people and electrical equipment.

 

ENERGUIDE

ENERGY STAR

BUILT GREEN

LEED

R-2000

PASSIVE

RATING

YES

NO

NO

YES

NO

NO

CERTIFICATION

NO

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

ENERGY MODEL

YES

YES

YES

OPTIONAL

YES

YES

INSPECTION

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

NO

AIR LEAKAGE TEST

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

COST

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