Virginia Helps LEED the Way with Energy Efficient Buildings
Virginians across the state are doing their part to make buildings greener and more energy efficient. Now, with the release of the U.S. Green Building Council‘s list of Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings, we know Virginians are among the best in the country. In the USGBC ranking, Virginia ranks 5th among all 50 states with a whopping 19,358,193 square feet of LEED-certified building space in 2011.
To see what LEED certified buildings are near you, check out the USGBC’s LEED Projects and Case Studies Directory. You can filter results based on a number of criteria including state and city.
Of course, it’s not just up to commercial builders to make Virginia more efficient Consider reaching out to your local USGBC Green Rater for more information on how your home can be LEED-certified Green Raters verify that the home is designed and built to the rigorous requirements of the LEED for Homes Rating System through onsite verification and must be involved with your project from the design phase through completion.
You can also reach out to EarthCraft, a group of home builders, renovators, developers and Technical Advisors throughout the Southeast who construct and renovate comfortable, energy- and resource-efficient homes, uniquely suited to the region’s climate conditions EarthCraft has a number of Virginia professionals available to walk you through your construction or renovation project
If you’re looking at new construction, the Environmental Protection Agency’s [EPA] Energy Star New Homes program ensures your home meets ENERGY STAR guidelines. A third–party certified Home Energy Rater works closely with your builder throughout the construction process to help determine the needed energy–saving equipment and construction techniques and conducts required on–site diagnostic testing and inspections to document that the home is eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR label To find participating builder partners in your area, visit the ENERGY STAR Partner Locator.
There are plenty smaller, simple steps you can take to make your home or workplace more energy efficient too. Visit the At Home section for more energy saving tips and to learn about how you can help Virginia reduce electricity consumption by 10%. We even have a step-by-step guide for a do-it-yourself home energy assessment you can conduct to discover easy ways you can reduce energy waste and improve your home! Get started today and show other Virginians you ‘Value Your Power!’