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Our Green Guide to Prefab series has explored a number of considerations that need to be made when planning for a prefab home, from siting to personal style to financing and loans. But how do you translate that all of that newfound information into a succinct design that maximizes sustainability? Green certification is one way to bring order to the often overwhelming process of constructing a home, and it provides a sustainability score sheet and solid guidelines that will help you systemize your decision-making process in a way that will make sense to you. By using a certification program to help plan your home, you can skip all the hair pulling and have peace of mind knowing that you’ve taken every step possible to create an energy-efficient, healthy, and sustainable space for living. Read ahead to learn more about the biggest certification programs out there, what you need to do to get started with one, and how getting your home certified will add to the long-term dollar value of your new prefab.

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5 Comments

  1. sarahb84 October 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Yuka makes a really valid point. Going green actually not only make sense but it also make cents. I got my home green certified last year by installing solar power, re-doing the windows and installing a number of gadgets that helps me to automate the energy savings process. For example, I replaced all my old power extension blocks with these PwrUSB smart power strips that lets me schedule a calendar regarding when to turn on and off my garden lights, my computers and media center appliances.

    Trying to save precious energy and reduce our carbon footprint take will power, efforts and time. But there are so many products that can help us save energy in our everyday lives these days – there shouldn’t be any excuse!

  2. Yuka Yoneda August 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Considering recent studies showing that green homes sell for more, this is helpful information for anyone who wants to raise the property value of their house.

  3. Alyssa Alimurung August 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Super helpful guide!

  4. Diane Pham August 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    i can’t even imagine planning to build a home now… but it’s good to know that deciding to certify will help you keep things on track and organized.

  5. Lori Zimmer August 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Very informative- thank u

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