Did you know there are building rating systems?

I realized yesterday while having a conversation with a college that building rating systems still haven't had much exposure...

Did you know that if you build or remodel a house there are ways to certify your project as a sustainable project?  LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is hosted on by the United States Green Building Council.  And The Living Building Challenge is hosted by the International Living Future Institute.

Both offer the certification of projects in various categories like to water usage, energy use, material selection, indoor air and environmental quality, site location and more!

This is the future of building... moving into times when resources are in high demand, our buildings will need to be designed to consume less and last longer.  

These standards have been designed as roadmaps.  More info here:

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The Living Building Challenge