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Beyond Energy Efficiency in Homes and Buildings

Ambitious green building and energy efficiency standards for homes and buildings such as LEED®, FSC®, Passive House, Net Zero Energy, Earth Advantage and the Living Building ChallengeTM inform how we (re)create spaces to function as healthy living systems. Green building standards define the market perception of energy efficient homes and green buildings, and are positively transforming our built environment.

Restorative and Regenerative

The goals of the green building movement have been to reduce fossil fuel consumption by increasing the energy efficiency of homes and buildings while also conserving water, improving occupant health, and reducing environmental impacts. These goals have rightly evolved from a place of ‘do less bad’ to creating buildings that are restorative and regenerative. Certified green building standards like the Living Building Challenge are proving that buildings can produce more renewable energy and clean water than they consume, improve air quality and sequester carbon. To market and improve green building results, third-party nnonprofits such as the U.S. Green Building Council exist to create, audit and certify green building standards and energy-efficient construction across the country, including in Portland, Oregon.

Third Party Certifications Improve Equity

As a green design and construction firm, we see tremendous value for our clients in creating healthy buildings that are not only called ‘green,’ but are third-party certified as being built to a higher standard. A 2012 study performed by UC Berkeley and UCLA revealed that green-certified homes in California are selling for an average 9% more than their non-certified market equivalents. Green building certifications allow market verification of our work and allow building owners to leverage the brand recognition of the standard they choose.      

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- Albert Einstein

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