We know that building environmentally-friendly buildings has finally come into vogue when you have more than one accreditation services. Earlier LEED was the gold standard for a building seeking to achieve a ‘green’ status. Well, it still is and thanks to its long-standing and stringent standards, it has gained more importance and credibility in spite of its steep costs [$3000 per home].
For anyone unsatisfied with LEED, the options for green-home ratings are proliferating. The National Association of Home Builders is starting a certification system. Randy Hansell of Earth Advantage, a Portland-based rating system launched in 1994, reckons that there are more than 60 green-building rating systems in the country, up from six or seven in 2000.
Some local programmes, such as Earth Advantage, are partnered with LEED—and most are cheaper. (Earth Advantage usually costs $500-800; the price depends in part on how far in the boonies a green home is located.) [via The Economist.]