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Green Building Programs

There are a variety of building programs used here in the Northwest, but which one(s) you choose depends on what you are trying to achieve with your project and the values you want to convey.

These programs include standards, certification checklists, and, in many instances, require third-party verification. While existing building and energy codes set minimum safety and performance standards, green building standards often go beyond code requirements.

Built Green Washington

A nonprofit cooperative representing local Built Green programs throughout the state of Washington. Built Green programs have been serving as a resource for Washington homebuilders and homeowners since 1996 and are among the most respected local green building programs in the nation.

Passive House

The Passive House standard represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. Visit Passive House Northwest for local events and meetings, or find a Passive House consultant in our Green Pages.

Northwest ENERGY STAR

The Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program is designed to help builders construct energy efficient homes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Earth Advantage

A nonprofit organization working with builders and developers in Oregon and across the Northwest to bring the most energy efficient, sustainable and healthy homes to the market.

LEED for Homes

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 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, duplexes and townhouses, and more.

Salmon-Safe

Salmon-Safe's new standards for residential development are a guide for site developers, designers, and land managers interested in developing large-scale residential communities that demonstrate environmental stewardship by minimizing the impacts of development on sensitive aquatic and upland resources, and enhancing salmon habitat.

NAHBGreen

The National Green Building Program (NAHBGreen) is sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders & NAHB Research Center and helps builders & remodelers across the country design, construct, and certify green homes.

Health House

A program of the American Lung Association, Health House helps builders and homeowners select building materials, techniques, interior decoration and designs to optimize the highest indoor air quality. Also visit healthhouse.org for more info.

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