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While all construction projects begin with planning and design, a green building project involves more. Planning a green project involves extra special attention to site selection, site sustainability, efficient use of water, reduced energy consumption, stewardship of natural resources and indoor air quality. Today there are a number of programs that exist to rate green buildings. The following are several of the most recognized.

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling and recognition program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seeks to accelerate the adoption of clean and efficient domestic energy technologies. The ENERGY STAR label helps consumers to easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.

LEED was initiated in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is now an internationally recognized green building certification program that is applicable to all building types, commercial as well as residential, new and remodel. LEED projects are awarded points within specific categories and can receive a rating of Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

NAHB Green Building Program was initiated in 2005 by the Nation Association of Home Builders. The NAHB Green Building Program is similar to LEED, but is only applicable to residential construction. Green Building Program houses are awarded points within specific categories and can receive a rating of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Emerald.

By following the requirements of recognized programs such as ENERGY STAR, LEED, NAHB. or others, Bauer & Son Construction can tailor a green building program to fit your needs and budget.

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