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Green Building Companies

Green building companies usually have undertaken a significant certification program to increase green and sustainable skills, built a green supply chain and forged a competitive edge with more efficient, natural systems based production.

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Companies of all sizes are getting into green building because of several key pressures:

  • Government regulations to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals
  • Constrained resources and higher prices
  • Consumer demand for healthier living and working spaces
  • Marketplace pressures
  • Social responsibility - individually and corporate

Green building companies can be diverse corporate building companies that have moved quickly into green whole building design strategies, or they can be small or one-person companies who are innovating new green technologies in a custom market niche.

Green building companies can be found by looking for companies with certifications: certified professionals, certified buildings, or certified businesses. Many of these green certifications are being developed by trade associations to offer their members a competitive edge and provide a common base of knowledge and methods that make job portability a business advantage.

But some governments, such as the state of California, or municipalities are also offering certification programs for businesses that implement energy and natural system programs to meet federal mandates for clean water, clean air, and healthier conditions for workers and/or consumers.

The US EPA is the pioneer of green building certifications by offering voluntary marketing programs to educate and identify companies that make energy-efficient appliances or buildings. The EPA has gone beyond the original mandate of energy efficient appliances, and now certifies energy efficient buildings with an EnergySTAR rating, SmartWay transportation, WaterSense irrigation...and more.

Getting your green building certification can have marketing advantages, but even more importantly, it can help you sharpen your competitive skills to make buildings more sustainable -- with lower energy and water usage.

Consider it, you'll find that a growing number of your competitors are already green building companies!

We provide a couple web sites that will be helpful in your research about green building companies. You can add your green business or product listings in our green directory: SolutionsForGreen.com and find a wide array of green and career job certification resources at GreenJobWizard.com.



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