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Green Building Certification

Green building certifications are sprouting to continually refine and slice and dice the technologies and techniques being developed to reduce energy, conserve water, and make buildings healthier environments for work, home and learning.

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Green buildings can be certified. So can the equipment inside the building. So can the workers who design, manage and build the green building. And the companies involved.

Green certification is a consumer protection strategy in an ever expanding and more anonymous world. But certification also provides a structure -- a cookbook or recipe -- that makes quality more feasible by not having to reinvent common strategies. Art combines with engineering and a number of additional knowledge areas that have previously not been included in construction and building projects.

EnergySTAR and LEED are the two most common green building certification programs for buildings themselves. But there are others.

LEED AP, and HERS Rater are a couple of the professional certification programs available. There are many others for renewable energy, project management, supply chain management, even green or sustainable landscaping.

Green building certification programs are a new strategy to make the increasingly complex field of sustainable development more feasible, more effective and more achievable. Many of the programs involve industry collaboration, but some are government compliance programs that help communities meet federal regulations and standards.

This website and our platform of blogs help you find resources to meet green building certification requirements for your career, your building projects and sustainable business processes. A couple relevant blogs are and

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