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Green Home Labels

Growing numbers of home buyers, sellers, builders and remodelers are looking for independent verification that homes meet high standards for energy and environmental performance. In fact, a recent study by economists at UC Berkeley and UCLA found that California homes labeled by Energy Star, LEED for Homes or GreenPoint Rated sell for 9% more than comparable, non-labeled homes.
 
A number of organizations offer green home labels: 
 
 

GreenPoint Rated: This "report card" scores homes in five categories: energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, sustainable building materials, and community benefits such as proximity to public transit.

Home Energy ScoreThis new label for home energy performance is similar to a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating. Created by the U.S. Department of Energy, it is offered locally by StopWaste (http://homescoreca.org/)

LEED for Homes: This international certification system is offered by the U.S. Green Building Council for new single-family homes and multifamily projects up to eight stories.

Energy Star Certified New Home: This energy efficiency label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is available to new homes that have undergone a process of inspections, testing and verification for better quality, comfort and durability.

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