There are currently hundreds of sustainability certifications for the built environment like Active House, BREEAM, DGNB, Green Star, HQE, LEED, Living Building Challenge, GREEN ZOOM, Miljöbyggnad, Nordic Swan, WELL, GREEN HOMES and PASSIVE HOUSE, and the number is set to rise as the focus on certifying buildings continues to increase. Supporting the creation of green homes through their certification is an opportunity for developers and investors to differentiate their construction projects through their quality and environmental performance while educating a new type of responsible customer. Certification benefits, among many others, are the energy efficiency of the project, increasing the demand for a unique, high-quality offer on the market, substantial reduction of maintenance costs, benefits related to health and productivity of end-users, and the possibility to obtain a higher resale price.
The 4 most common certification systems in Eastern Europe which continuously raise their standards, positively influencing the construction industry, and the global real estate market are:
Romania Green Building Council has developed a low cost but comprehensive Green Homes certification to assess and recognize the top-performing residential projects utilizing sustainable construction principles. The Green Homes certified by Romania Green Building Council program prepares builders and the industry for important 2020 EU regulations for Net Zero Energy Buildings, Construction Waste reduction, use of non-toxic materials, and reduced environmental impact of the production of those materials. For certifying in the Green Homes rating system you should become an accredited Green Building Professional.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program used worldwide. Developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
BREEAM is an international scheme that provides independent third-party certification of the assessment of the sustainability performance of individual buildings, communities and infrastructure projects. Assessment and certification can take place at a number of stages in the built environment life cycle, from design and construction through to operation and refurbishment.
Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy-efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time. Passive House is not a brand name, but a tried and true construction concept that can be applied by anyone, anywhere. Buildings meeting the strict Passive House certification criteria can be certified as Passive House buildings by any of the Passive House Institute accredited Building Certifiers