Green What’s What

Are you sometimes confused by all of the different green acronyms, organizations, certifications and professions?

This is a short explanation of what’s what for Green Homes:

EcoBroker – EcoBroker is the premier Green designation for real estate professionals. EcoBrokers are trained to promote Green, energy efficient, and healthy home features in homes. Through EcoBroker’s unique energy and environmental curriculum, real estate professionals acquire the knowledge and resources to become Certified EcoBrokers®More …

Energy Gauge Software – EnergyGauge USA is a highly sophisticated home energy simulation software tool for Energy Raters, designed specifically for the easy and accurate evaluation of home energy-efficiency. More …

Energy Rater – Energy Raters are State Certified in Florida (and in other states). Only those individuals certified by the State are allowed to provide Energy Rating services in Florida. More …

Energy Star – Energy Star certified new homes are designed and built to deliver energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the Energy Star label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability. Watch the video.

Environments For Living – The Environments For Living program provides a rigorous set of requirements for home builders who’ve made a commitment to treat a home as a “system of systems” that work together, on comfort and heating/cooling energy use. This green program also adds benefits in areas like indoor environmental quality and indoor water conservation. Take the tour.

FGBC – Florida Green Building Coalition Is a corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Their mission is “to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs.” More …

Florida Friendly Landscaping – Gold certification. The program is designed to help homeowners to reduce pollution and enhance their environments by improving yard and landscape management. More …

Florida Power & Light – BuildSmart Certification – BuildSmart homes are certified by FPL to be built to a higher standard of energy efficiency by saving up to 30 percent on energy bills, compared with homes that simply comply with the Florida building code. More …

Florida Water Star –Meets criteria for water efficiency in appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes. More …

FSEC – Florida Solar Energy Center – FSEC’s mission is to research and develop energy technologies that enhance Florida’s and the nation’s economy and environment, and to educate the public, students and practitioners on the results of the research. More …

HERS Rating – Home Energy Rating System – Provides a standardized evaluation of a home’s energy efficiency and expected energy costs. A HERS Rating provides a relative energy use index called the HERS Index – On this index a score of 100 represents the energy use of a standard home and a score of 0 (zero) indicates a Zero Energy home. More …

Indoor Air Plus – Meets EPA’s Energy Star Indoor Air Plus specifications to provide comprehensive indoor air quality protections in new homes. More …

LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance Green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. More …

LEED AP for HOMES – A LEED Accredited Professional has been trained in the design and construction of high-performance Green Homes. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) created this specialty credential to denote an accredited professional’s practical knowledge of the LEED for Homes rating system. More …

LEED for HOMES – A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a third-party verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance Green Homes. More …

National Green Building Standard  (NGBS) – The highest certification, which is Emerald, and  gives approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More ..

RCS –  Residential Construction Certified™ (RCC) – Indicates knowledge of residential construction, including materials, methods, terminology to work effectively with homebuyers as well as with sellers, appraisers, inspectors, lenders, designers, engineers and construction professionals. More

SkyeTech –  SkyeTec’s Energy & Green Solutions helps builders achieve their goals for sustainable, affordable, energy- efficient and healthy home construction, by providing a variety of valuable consulting, assessment and 3rd party certification services, such as HERS ratings, Indoor air quality, Energy Star, Code compliance, Energy efficiency tax credits and rebate processing, Quality control as well as providing LEED and Green Building support. More …

 

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