Green Building

Green buildings utilize environmentally responsible practices throughout the building’s life cycle including siting, building design and construction, operation and maintenance practices, and renovation and demolition. Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and natural resources through 1) Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources; 2) Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity; and 3) Reducing waste, pollution, and environmental degradation. Most green buildings cost approximately 2% more than a traditional building but yield ten times the savings over the long term.

Local Sources:

Builders Association of Greater Lafayette (BAGL)

Tamara Foley, Foley Homes, Inc. – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Grant Giese, Green Goose Homes – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Catherine Gross, KJG Architecture – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Eric Holt, Purdue University – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Jessica Lower, Purdue University – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Bill Misch, Misch Custom Homes, Inc. – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Patrick Richard, Spire Group LLC – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Mark Shaurette, Purdue University – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Kim Thonn, Kalan Homes, Inc. – Certified Green Professional, NAHB
Dan Walker, Andersen Windows, Inc. – Certified Green Professional, NAHB

Resources:

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners: Consistent with its mission, NABCEP offers certifications and certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.  NABCEP began that work by creating a certification program for solar electric installers—referred to as the NABCEP™ Solar PV Installer Certification.

Energy Star Qualified Home: To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

LEED Accreditation and project certification: LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

American Lung Association Health Home: The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Health House® program is a reliable resource for consumers and builders wanting to learn how to build and maintain healthier homes.

Environments for Living: Under the Environments For Living program, Masco Home Services uniquely offers a complete suite of turnkey services for builders. These include pre-construction plan reviews that use industry-standard home-energy analysis software, various inspection services, diagnostic testing utilizing industry-standard authentication tools. Builders can also take advantage of building science training, sales training, and marketing assistance. The program also offers homeowner limited guarantees on heating and cooling energy use and comfort.

National Association of Home Builders: The NAHB Research Center's National Green Building Certification Program offers builders, remodelers, developers, and other home building professionals a variety of services to learn, incorporate, and market green building. NAHB maintains a list of certified green builders, accredits green building verifiers, and provides model green home building guidelines.

Earth Advantage: Earth Advantage has transformed itself over the past decade from a utility-based energy conservation focus to a fully encompassed sustainability program. Earth Advantage is now a free standing nonprofit organization acting as the Northwest's premier green building program. Earth Advantage works with builders and developers to bring the most energy efficient, sustainable and healthy homes to the market. We participate with other nonprofits, organizations and associations to bring forth the message of conservation and sustainability.

Green Advantage: Green Advantage®, the country’s longest-standing green certification for builders and building-related practitioners, offers three certification exams for commercial, residential, and combined builders.

That National Sustainable Building Advisor Program: NaSBAP offers a 9-month certificate training course and exam specifically designed for working professionals eager to apply sustainable concepts to the buildings they design, develop, and construct. The Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) course welcomes a diverse range of students drawn from architecture and planning firms, engineering companies, developers and contractors, government agencies, research institutions, resource conservation organizations, utilities and environmental consulting organizations.

Online Institute of America: Online Institute of America is powered by 360training a leading provider of accredited online pre-licensing, continuing education and certification courses. Online Institute of America has a comprehensive catalog of online and home study courses for various industries. As the nation's largest provider of online training courses, Online Institute of America offers quality products and resources that help provide and ensure professional development in the most time and cost efficient way possible. Our Online courses are as easy to navigate as using a VCR and at a fraction of the cost of a classroom course.

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute: The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) was founded in 2001 with the mission of protecting human health and quality of life through programs that reduce chemical exposure and improve indoor air quality. In keeping with that mission, GEI oversees third-party certification programs that identify acceptable product emission standards and certify low-emitting products. GEI also establishes building standards designed to control mold and moisture.