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Energy Rating Systems for Green Buildings

The energy rating systems noted below represent the primary contributors to development of standardized policy initiatives aimed at measuring the success of sustainable development projects and efforts.

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is a not-for-profit membership corporation that was founded in 1995, by Energy Rated Homes of America and the National Association of State Energy Office Officials, to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages. After more than a decade of development, the infrastructure needed to make energy efficiency a standard feature in the nation’s housing market is in place. National rating programs, in alliance with the housing industry, are forging the public and private partnerships required for successful home energy rating systems. RESNET is providing the technical, program and marketing assistance required for this effort.

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. Through its partnerships with more than 12,000 private and public sector organizations, Energy Star delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions and best management practices. Over the past decade, Energy Star has been a driving force behind the more widespread use of such technological innovations as efficient fluorescent lighting, power management systems for office equipment, and low standby energy use.

The U.S. Green Building Council developed, through its members, The LEED rating system which provides a national certification for several levels of green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies and organizations advancing buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. By offering LEED training workshops and accreditation, the U.S. Green Building Council aspires to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

Utility Report Cards (URC) is a web-based Energy Information System that reports and graphs monthly utility data for schools. In addition to helping school staff track and compare energy use, the URC is also intended for teachers and students to use as an instructional tool to learn about school energy use as a complement to the energy education materials available through the U.S. Department of Energy's EnergySmart Schools program.