If you look around on the internet, in newspapers or other places where you will find various advertising going on it looks like there are a bunch of builders, remodelers and contractors of all kinds that are qualified to build to sustainable or green building standards. However, when you search on the state directories that show you finished construction that qualifies, you don’t see a lot of commercial and even less residential contractors and builders that are really building to the codes or standards of sustainable living.
This is just one reason to make sure you do your homework when looking to hire any type of contractor, general or sub-contractor, that tell you they build to these standards. There are two websites to look at first and learn everything you can. The first is the United States Green Building Council located here. You can also, look at the individual state chapter websites by Googling USGBC plus your state. The state website will supply a list of certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is an internationally recognized environmental program currently deployed in more than 30 countries around the world. It provides a means of verifying that a building or a group of buildings were designed and built in a way that would improve energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and CO2 emissions reduction. Pay attention to the LEED certification because there are several that include Platinum, the highest, followed by Gold, Silver and Certified.
If you are looking to do some renovation, then going to www.regreenprogram.org will be the best place to find out how to renovate with the latest green and sustainability technology and products. The ReGreen Program is a partnership between the USGBC and ASID (American Society Of Interior Designers) to help people do the right things and protect the average person from getting duped by unscrupulous contractors who profess they are following the guidelines for green building.
This website has information from appliances to a full remodel so no matter what you are attempting to do you can find up to date and reliable information. If you need additional information before you embark on your project, getting in touch with a certified LEED Architect or Interior Designer is always a great idea. Paying them for a few hours just to get the correct advice is money well spent and money that will return in time when the correct decisions are made.