House So Green is a collaborative platform of certified green homes and products for homeowners and professionals, designed to build a community around state-of-the-art green building. Find top-ranked green homes near you. Search by green certification. Learn about the professionals who built the homes and products they used. Share and showcase projects. Learn about green building best-practices. Create safer, healthier, more durable, more comfortable and more energy-efficient homes.
Certified green homes are ranked based on a green certification score, a measure of a home’s health benefits, durability, comfort and energy efficiency. Numerous green certifications also use the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score developed by RESNET, the de facto standard in measuring a home’s energy efficiency. HERS scores range from 0-100, and just like golf scores, a lower HERS score is better. A negative HERS score is best, indicating that a home produces more energy than it uses. Imagine no longer paying another utility bill for the life of your home. Even better, imagine being paid by the local electric utility company for the excess power produced by your home, no matter how cold or hot it may be outside. Certified green homes are 50-100% more efficient than a typical new home and 100-200% more efficient than a typical existing home, yet cost about the same as a new home built today.
For most of us, our homes are our most valuable asset. Green certifications ensure homes are built in the best way possible, with the best building practices and products available. The result is a healthier, more durable and more comfortable home with the lowest utility bills possible. Certified green homes retain their value, with resale values 9%-15% higher, on average, compared to conventional homes.
If you’re thinking about remodeling or building a new home, House So Green will help you make the best choices for your home.
Together we can build better homes, better communities and better lives!