GreenStar: A Certification Program for Remodelers and Renovators

Shawna HendersonFebruary 05, 2015

There are some outstanding ‘green’ certification or standard programs for new home builders, not so many for remodeler and renovators. Our biz partner, GreenHome Institute offers one that is used in seven mid-Western states, called GreenStar (it’s good for certifying new homes too, BTW).

There’s a lot to cover in a certification program, and this one does a good job of it. The program covers the five pillars of green: energy, health, water, materials and site/community. Recent additions to the program include checklists for accessibility and Zero Energy. There’s an in-depth checklist, a manual and a specifications tool, all of which have been well-thought out and are very thorough.

 We’re very pleased to be working with GreenHome Institute, an organization that has members and leadership with the vision and passion to create a home certification program, and match it up with a training program for green renovation professionals.

Cindy Ojczyk (o-check), co-developer of GreenStar, well-established sustainable designer and serious green remodeling blogger, will be running two qualification training programs for GreenStar in Minneapolis. You come away with the checklist, manual and specification tool as well as the basic qualifications you need to become a GreenHome Institute Associate. The workshop also qualifies for continuing education units from GBCI, AIA (HSW), NARI Green and NGBS.

Here are the links to the training dates:

Feb 17th 

Mar 25th

Who should attend?

  • Residential design and construction professionals in the new and existing homes market.
  • DYI Homeowner’s seeking resources and managing their own projects.
  • Real estate professionals looking to under the value of GreenHomes.
  • Policy makers & code officials.
  • Affordable housing & multi family developers.

 Update from Cindy: In last week's GreenStar training (Jan 31) workshop, every single person in the class was there because customers and clients were asking for green. Attendees include an electrician, appliance retailer, interior designer, and a very large design/build/remodel firm that sent 9 people to training. So get on board, y'all! 

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