green-home-certifications-NC-Diagram of  Terms

Confused by all the ‘certifications’ and descriptions of a green built home?

What is the difference, if any, between a LEED home, Energy Star home, or Healthy Home?

Healthy Built Homes  is a NC program that provides visibility and third party certification of homes for residential builders who build sustainable, high performance homes.

Energy Star Home – is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to save the homeowner money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.  The government calculates an Energy Star home can save a homeowner up 20% or more in energy costs.  Please Note:  An Energy Star home exceeds standard building codes (the minimum) by only 15%.  All other certifications are Energy Star homes and much, much more.

LEED – The LEED Green Building Rating System is the national benchmark for high performance green buildings.  LEED has been used primarily by architects and builders of commercial buildings.

LEED for Homes
The U.S. Green Building Council offers a checklist for residential structures less than four stories tall (LEED-H). A certification program is in the pilot stage. Download the guidelines