‘Green building’ is an umbrella term covering six general categories that affect how residential and commercial buildings are constructed. The categories focus on environmental responsibility and resource-efficiency for the life of the building - starting as early in the process as design of and site selection.
'Green building' is nationally recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency among others.
To help consumers rate the efficiency of homes, the USGBC and NAHB have developed separate systems that include the following common areas:
Homes built to the green standards of either the USGBC or the NAHB have the best chance of qualifying for Energy Star certification. Click on the home at left to see how Stitt Energy Systems builds a 'green,' energy-efficient home.