LEED for Homes Certification

LEED-certified homes are built with efficiency and health in mind, so they have the potential to save residents money on energy and water bills, reduce their carbon footprints and environmental impact, and protect their health.

John Bendon of Green Building Hawaii was the first LEED for Homes Accredited Professionals in the State of Hawaii.  Green Building Hawaii can provide comprehensive consulting, testing, and certification of LEED Homes projects.

Being designated Green Raters for LEED Homes, Green Building Hawaii can provide all of the building performance testing and inspections that are integral to the LEED for Homes process. Our building testing includes the use of specialized equipment to test building envelope and duct performance.  We also perform nationally recognized inspection procedures to analyze potential problem areas in the home.

By providing avenues for both Green Rating inspections and LEED Homes Accredited Professional consulting services, Green Building Hawaii can take owners, architects, builders, and developers through the process from start to finish. Our proprietary checklists and project management tools help to facilitate successful LEED projects and provide clear communication from start to finish.

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Energy Star for New Homes Certification

ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering 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. (Source: EPA Energy Star)

Green Building LLC is an Energy Star Partner and can help properties manage the residential Energy Star certification processes.

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Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It is also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

Green Building Hawaii is an approved certified Home Energy Rater and can assess the energy efficiency of your new or existing home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home.

Your home’s energy rating is compared against data of a ‘reference home’ – an imaginary home of the same size and shape as your actual home, so your score is always relative to the size, shape and type of house you live in.

Many houses suffer from a number of problems that homeowners don’t realize are actually energy related. Energy audits help homeowners discover where and how their homes are using energy inefficiently, and what can be done to rectify the situation.

Some home energy benefits include:

  • Lower Energy Bills and Increased Energy Savings
  • Improved Home Comfort
  • Increased Home Resale Value and Marketability
  • Uncover Hidden Problems such as indoor air quality problems that can lead to mold or mildew
  • Protect the Environment

(Source: RESNET)

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EPA Water Sense for New Homes Certification

Green Building Hawaii can provide EPA Water Sense inspection and quality assurance services, as well as being able to issue the WaterSense label for new homes.

WaterSense labeled new homes—like WaterSense labeled products—must be independently certified to meet EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria, which provides residents with confidence. Inspection is a key component of the certification process.

The WaterSense specification addresses water efficiency during the planning and design stages of home construction, where significant impacts can be achieved using readily available technologies.

WaterSense certification requires a single inspection that can be done in a onetime visit after the home is completed but before occupancy.

WaterSense labeled new homes not only use less water but also help residents save money on their water and energy bills

—an attractive selling point that can help differentiate homes in a competitive market—but also reduce stress on local water resources and infrastructure, which benefits the entire community. (Source: EPA Water Sense)

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