Are there any certification programs for existing non-green homes? There are a ton of existing homes that need help. Mine is among them.
Are you planning on remodeling or just want to make efficiency improvements? If you are remodeling, there are various regional and national programs that can certify a building going through remodeling.
- National programs include the National Green Building Standard and REGREEN, which provides best practices and guidelines for green remodeling.
- You can find local programs through GreenHomeGuide's green home programs directory; enter your zip code to find local offerings.
If you are only looking to improve the energy efficiency in your home, there are not many options. There are some regional programs, and the only national program I am aware of is Home Performance with Energy Star, but it is only offered in certain areas.
If you want a way to measure and compare your home, I would suggest getting a home energy audit and getting a HERS rating on your home. This will tell you how your home compares to a new home built to code.
- As you make improvements, you can rescore your home to track its progress.
- There are many communities that are now listing this information in the MLS, so it will be good information to have on hand if you plan to sell your house.
For more information:
Read Anthony Addesso's Q&A "Can a Realtor call an older home energy efficient without third-party certification?"