Energy Star: According to the official Energy Star website, “ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.” There are tax credits associated with an Energy Star rating.
Earth Advantage: According to the official Earth Advantage website, it is a “nonprofit organization acting as the Northwest’s premier green building program. We work with builders and developers to bring the most energy efficient, sustainable and healthy homes to the market. . . .Every Earth Advantage home is designed to provide its residents with comfort and quality while maintaining our standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, environmental responsibility and resource efficiency. ” Earth Advantage offers builders, remodelers, and homeowners a selection of proven high performance certification programs backed by over a decade of service in the Northwest.