Arlington County’s comprehensive yet flexible green home certification program paves the way for Northern Virginia County Green Building Programs.
Taking the lead from the guidelines of the EarthCraft Virginia Green Building Program, Arlington County’s Green Home Choice Program takes on home builders and renovators to help them achieve third party certification for a successful green building. They developed this program “to provide a structure and support system within which builders and homeowners can build green,” and ever since implementing this program have grown steadily and have a wonderful following of strong builders in the Arlington community.
Much like the EarthCraft Virginia which is the regional green building program and another third party verification process, Arlington County’s Green Home Choice Program takes a look at components ranging from insulation and air sealing; energy efficient appliances and heating and cooling equipment; water conservation; indoor air pollution; energy efficient design and resources; solar electric or hot water panels and geothermal systems; and storm water management. The program defines a green home as a “healthy, comfortable home that reduces the use of energy, water, waste and natural resources, with good indoor air quality;” which is why they delve into the list of components referenced above to verify that the homes certified through the program have undergone and have been cross-checked by an Arlington County Green Home Choice Inspector.
If you are interested in utilizing this innovative program, review the guidance book first, then contact the program director, Helen Reinecke-Wilt with Arlington County for support. This weekend is the Annual Green Home and Garden Tour! Take advantage of this opportunity to check out some of the exciting homes which have achieved the Green Home Choice certification in this fun event Sunday, June 5th from 1-5pm. If your a cycling enthusiast and want to donate to Habitat for Humanity, there is a new option this year for a guided cycling tour. Check out the details through the Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment website and experience the Green Home Choice program first hand.