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GreenPoint Rated Existing Home is for homes of all vintages and can be used to rate homes and residential buildings with existing green features, or to rate a home or building undergoing work. Remodelers often partner with a third-party GreenPoint Rater, but they can also become certified as GreenPoint Raters themselves and rate their own projects.


Single Family Homes

A single family home can receive one of  two labels:

 

 

 

 

  • The Elements label recognizes green building best practices for a small remodel or addition. It's a great stepping stone for homeowners making small improvements over time. These GreenPoint Rated homes must meet certain pre-requisite, achieve a minimum point requirement in each of the five environmental categories, and score at least 25 total points.
     

    elements Label

    Elements Label Minimum Requirements

    25 total points (capped at 49)

    Energy Points:

    8

    Indoor Air Quality:

    2

    Resource Conservation:

    2

    Water Conservation:

    4

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Some common measures include: Installing a built-in composting and recycling center in the kitchen; water efficient and native landscaping; using faucet aerators and replacing all water fixtures with high-efficiency versions; installing an EnergyStar® bathroom fan.
  • The Whole House label recognizes green building best practices for a large renovation, gut remodel, or cumulative improvements made over time. A home with this label has significantly better energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact compared to homes of a similar vintage. These GreenPoint Rated homes must meet certain prerequisites, achieve a minimum point requirement in each of the five environmental categories, and score at least 50 total points.


    Whole House Label

    Whole House Label Minimum Requirements

    50 total points

    Energy Points:

    20

    Indoor Air Quality:

    5

    Resource Conservation:

    6

    Water Conservation:

    8

     

     

     

     

     

     



    Some common measures include: High performing heating and cooling systems; insulating the building envelope with 30% post-consumer recycled content insulation; low emitting interior products (including insulation and patins);using environmentally preferable materials for interior finishes (FSC-Certified cabinetry, recycled tile and countertop materials, reclaimed or local products); replacing appliances with EnergyStar® versions.











Multifamily Homes

Multifamily buildings are any residential buildings of two units or more that share the same meters, water, or heating and cooling systems. A multifamily building can receive one of two labels:

Some common measures include: Insulated walls, floors and roof; water efficient and native landscaping; high efficiency indoor water fixtures; installing an EnergyStar® refrigerator; using only low emitting paints; ensuring access to public transit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Elements label recognizes green building best practices for a small remodel or gradual upgrades. It's a great stepping stone for property owners making small improvements over time. These GreenPoint Rated units must meet certain pre-requisite, achieve a minimum point requirement in each of the five environmental categories, and score at least 25 total points.

    ultifamily elements Label

    Elements Label Minimum Requirements

    25 total points (capped at 49)

    Energy Points:

    8

    Indoor Air Quality:

    2

    Resource Conservation:

    2

    Water Conservation:

    2

    Community

    2

  • The Whole Building label recognizes green building best practices for a large renovation, gut remodel, or cumulative improvements made over time. A home with this label has significantly better energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact compared to homes of a similar vintage. These GreenPoint Rated homes must meet certain prerequisites, achieve a minimum point requirement in each of the five environmental categories, and score at least 50 total points.

    Multifamilyelementslabel

    Whole Building Label Minimum Requirements

    50 total points

    Energy Points:

    30

    Indoor Air Quality:

    5

    Resource Conservation:

    6

    Water Conservation:

    3

    Community

    3

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    Some common measures include: Recycling construction waste including ALL metals, cardboard and concrete; ensuring building and system integrity; combustion safety testing; high performing heating and hot water systems; mechanical ventilation; durable exterior; using only low emitting interior products.










Existing Home Resources:
Checklists and Manuals
Green Home Remodeling Guidelines for single family residences
Green Building Guidelines for multifamily residences