Comparison to LEED
Critique of the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Rating System - Note: the LEED rating system has not been approved as a standard by any objective, standards development organization (9-2008)
US Green Building Council responds to the critique - USGBC is the private group that created the LEED rating system (9-2008)
NAHB National Green Building Brochure - explains the NAHB National Green Building Guidelines and Standard; also contains a cost comparison to LEED
Problems with LEED Standards in City and State Building Codes (Nov. 2008, from ICSC)
Other Green and Energy Efficiency Resources
Home Energy Audits: Want to know how energy efficient your home is? Home Energy Solutions Program does a whole-house analysis of energy use. The Home Energy Audit Program evaluates the heating systems in homes heated by oil, propane, or kerosene. More information can be found at the following websites.
Home Energy Audits - State of CT Overview
Clean, Tune, and Test of Heating Equipment
CL&P Home Energy Solutions
Connecticut's Zero Energy Challenge - Are you up to the challenge? Get the details on this program to encourage energy-efficient homes in the state. If you are interested, contact Justin Lindenmayer, 860-832-4915. The deadline is May 1, but there may be time to enter if you call today.
Expiring Federal Energy Tax Incentive Extended - from NAHB (10-6-2008); including Tax Credits for Existing Home Improvements (Remodelers and home owners - take note)
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Programs - An exhaustive report from the State legislature's Program Review & Investigations Committee on the state's and utilities' programs related to energy efficiency and conservation (9-25-2008)
CT Clean Energy Fund - Information on incentives & rebates for installing clean energy technologies.
CT Energy Efficiency Fund - Information on incentives & rebates for installing energy efficient technologies.
National Green Building StandardTM Receives ANSI Approval - Read the press release.
Green and Affordable: Can Our Homes Be Both? George Rafael, AICP represented the HBA of CT in a panel discussion and talked about NAHB's Green Building Program at this seminar on May 22, 2008.
Green Building Demand Keeps Business Pumping, Survey Says (6-24-2008)
Certified Green Professional Ranks Continue to Grow (6-24-2008)
Energy Efficiency Codes & Standards - Information on green building codes, the so-called "30% Solution" and more.
Before You Build Green - A Primer to Avoid Liability - from NAHB (10-14-08)
Green Liability Issues - from Shipman & Goodwin LLP (10-21-08)
Study Shows How to Combine SIPs Roofs and Concrete Walls - from NAHB (10-28-2008)