Why Builders Who Work with Earth Advantage are Better
Earth Advantage works with over 100 builders across Oregon and Southern Washington, supporting them in creating better homes. At the core of our program is an online points worksheet, the first in the nation, a tool designed to streamline the certification compliance process for builders. Earth Advantage Green Building Consultants work hand in hand with builders to provide technical consulting and guidance that helps builders move their projects toward ever increasing levels of performance. Our work with builders is a collaborative effort that provides current knowledge and best practices in the creation of high performance homes. Builders who use Earth Advantage certification are creating greater value to you in the form of greater comfort and health, as well as future resale value.
Inspecting for Quality
Along with the guidance provided to builders by our Green Building Consultants, we have Technical Building Consultants that thoroughly inspect homes under construction. Our Technical Building Consultants perform on-site inspections twice for every home we certify. At the first inspection we verify insulation and air-sealing best practices, mechanical equipment efficiency, window air sealing and flashing installation, and wood moisture content levels. The final inspection occurs at completion to assess operation of heating and cooling systems, mechanical ventilation systems, finished products, and overall airtightness of the homes. Once the Technical Building Consultant has verified the home has met the requirements of selected measures and passed all tests, the house is certified and an Earth Advantage certificate is issued and a verification sticker is placed on the home’s electrical box.
Builders and Remodelers who work with Earth Advantage to certify their homes and multifamily residences to high performance and green certification standards are comitted to providing superior living spaces to their clients. They know that the certfications Earth Advantage provides from our own residential and remodel certifications to LEED® for Homes and Passive House, that they have the support and quality verification of a third-party nonprofit. Because Earth Advantage is a nonprofit, we can provide certification that is not a conflict of interest with the actual construction and sale of the residence. Our only stake in the process is to accelerate the number of homes being built to higher standards that reflect not only greater sustainability, but greater health and durability as well.
Why Certification Matters
For 11 years, Earth Advantage has helped homebuilders in Washington and Oregon certify over 15,100 single family homes and nearly 7,000 multifamily units. Earth Advantage Home Certification ensures your home is at least 25% more energy efficient than state building code requires. In 2015, Earth Advantage certified homes averaged 28% more energy efficient than Oregon building code. Our certification also means your home was inspected by a trained building science professional at least twice to ensure it met our rigorous certification standards. Those inspections ensure your home was built to last, works efficiently, provides a healthy indoor environment, and retains its value. As a nonprofit, third party verifier, Earth Advantage gives you the peace of mind your home was built better.