|A few weeks ago we covered the LEED rating system—a third party organization sponsored by the USGBC to rate and certify new and old construction on a unique scale which incorporates energy use, recycled materials, sustainable practices, design components and more. The LEED system awards designers with base certification, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. There do exist, however, other organizations which contain a different rubric, while still promoting the same ideologies.|
Build It Green is one of those organizations. Build It Green is primarily concerned with homes, attempts to inform the public on a greater scale than LEED, allowing membership to anyone who is willing to pledge a certain fee. Buil It Green does not require class accreditation like LEED, but highly recommends attending seminars and training sessions. Build It Green also allows membership for those currently working in construction or design and also has classes offered to better educate their members.
Build It Green uses its own rating system for green homes—GreenPoint Rated. GreenPoint Rated takes into five categories—Resource Conservation, Indoor Air Quality, Water Conservation, Community and Energy Efficiency. Just like LEED, Build It Green has two separate rubrics used for new construction and existing homes. One can learn more by looking at the brochures offered for existing homes and new construction.
Third party organizations like Build It Green and LEED help raise awareness to the public, and cover different areas of construction. These organizations have created an efficient system in which designers and contractors are awarded for their sustainable efforts, while having these awards become a public concern.