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Ratings are performed by certified GreenPoint Raters, independent professionals who are trained and certified by Build It Green. The rating process is a non-invasive physical examination of building systems, structures, materials and components to assess energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, resource efficiency of materials and construction methods, and construction quality.*

The rater will generally engage in at least four of the five following activities during the course of project design and construction: Plan check, Rough inspection, Final inspection, Supporting documentation review, Performance testing.


Process

  1. HIRE A RATER.
    Find a certified GreenPoint Rater and bring them in early in your design process. You can find a list of Raters through our online Certified Professionals Directory.


  2. IDENTIFY MEASURES.
    Work with the Rater to review the GreenPoint Rated checklist and create a customized list of design features and construction practices for your project. The list ensures you will meet or exceed the GreenPoint Rated pre-requisites and point minimums
    (see New Home or Existing Home point minimums).


  3. SUBMIT INITIAL APPLICATION.
    The Rater submits a project planning score sheet to Build It Green. The Rater assists the project team through the design process to ensure measures are incorporated into the plans and specifications. Allow two weeks for Build It Green's initial application review.


  4. VERIFY MEASURES.
    The Rater coordinates with the construction team to provide third-party documentation and site verification of measures and construction practices achieved. All CALGreen and GreenPoint Rated measures must be verified by the Rater.


  5. APPLY FOR FINAL CERTIFICATION.
    The Rater compiles documentation, calculates scores, and, when the project is built and documentation completed, submits all necessary documentation to Build It Green for certification review processing. Allow four weeks for Build It Green to process final submittals and deliver your certificate.


GET YOUR CERTIFICATE!
Build It Green mails the GreenPoint Rated certificate as instructed by the Rater. Be sure to communicate with the Rater who should receive the certificate.


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Fees

Rater Fees

GreenPoint Raters work as independent contractors, setting their own rates and service packages. Contractual terms and fee structure are solely between the client and the Rater to negotiate.

A typical rating fee (excluding consultation and travel) starts at $1200 for a single family home and $3750 for a 30-unit subdivision or multifamily project.

Build It Green Administrative Fees

These fees help cover the administrative services provided by Build It Green. A Rater may include these fees in their service package, or may ask you to pay them directly to Build It Green. We usually recommend that the Rater pays the processing fee and handles all transactions with Build It Green on your behalf.