Local Green Building Programs

Local Programs Can Be Geared Towards Local Issues

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Builders in Boulder, Colorado, must adhere to strict energy-efficiency requirements. These requirements are not part of a green rating system; they are code mandates on the same level as fire safety requirements.

Boulder has a long history of green building, starting with its Energy Options Points in 1980. That eventually became the city’s Green Points program, which requires builders and homeowners to...


Lesser known, but maybe more relevant

Some of the local and regional green building programs are much older than either of the two best known national brands, LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. and the National Green Building StandardNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. . In Austin, Texas, for instance, green building has been around in some form for more than 20 years.

Given wider publicity, national programs should have better name recognition and a marketing edge among home buyers just moving into the area. But local and regional programs...

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