Reduce your home's environmental footprint with GreenPoint Rated

Going Green? GreenPoint Rated Single Family Homes

Single family homes comprise the single largest type of building in California. That is why GreenPoint Rated created a Single Family option before LEED for Homes (LEED-H) was released. Homes offer enormous potential for improving environmental quality and reducing resource consumption, and the GreenPoint Rated Single Family rating system makes it easier for any building team to quantify their progress using a standardized GPR-SF Checklist.

Build It Green offers a streamlined and simplified green building rating system that is appropriate for most single family homes in California. It is relevant for New AND Existing buildings, and many are surprised their existing home qualifies for GreenPoint Rated certification.

GreenPoint Rated Single Family – New vs Existing

Build It Green, creators and administrators of  GreenPoint Rated, take a very practical approach for determining whether a building qualifies for New or Existing status. It actually mirrors LEED-H requires fairly closely.

GPR New Single Family = new building (foundation, walls, roof) being constructed under current building codes. An existing home going through a MAJOR remodel that will involve opening all the wall cavities and exposing the thermal boundary in the roof/ceiling MAY be eligible for the NEW GPR Single Family certification.

GPR Existing Single Family = projects where the foundation, walls, and roof are to remain mostly intact. If the home is going to undergo a significant remodel but not all wall/ceiling/roof cavities will be exposed, it’s likely the project will qualify as an Existing GPR Single Family Home.

There are not too many differences between the checklists, but two Blower Door Tests are required for GreenPoint Rated Existing Buildings. Only one Blower Door test is required for GreenPoint Rated New Buildings, but since the cost of home performance testing is so reasonable this does not seem like a significant barrier for most projects.


Certified GreenPoint Rater

Having a third-party sustainability representative of at the table puts high performance first and the status quo on notice. HBS brings environmental and building science depth to your design/build team. We add value through our unique education and experience. Getting us on the team as early as possible ensures the most value from our services.

Green Building Consulting Services

HBS typically works directly for the owner or the lead design professional, and sometimes we work for the General Contractor. Our services are typically framed around the client’s particular needs and also the GreenPoint Rated structure. We offer full-service green building consulting including the following:

Design Consulting

  • GreenPoint Rated Checklist
  • GreenPoint Rated Application & Certification Process
  • Site Plan Evaluation
  • Eco-Charrette Facilitation (goal setting & brainstorming)
  • Create the Preliminary Checklist Rating
  • Specification (Spec) Reviews
  • Material Research
  • Plan/Drawing Reviews

Construction Consulting

  • Contractor Training
  • Construction Waste Management Plans
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plans
  • Material Research
  • IAQ Testing
  • Green Point Rater Verification Measures

HBS is fortunate to have  highly qualified GreenPoint Raters on staff for New Single & Multi-Family buildings. Through formal education, certifications, and years of green building consulting experience, we are uniquely qualified to offer full-service green building design and construction consulting services. We would be honored to support your projects as a GreenPoint Rater.