WHAT IS THE CERTIFIED HOME HIGH PERFORMANCE HOME PROGRAM?
Certified High Performance Home is the program of the Local High Performance Building Council (HBPC) of Greater Columbia. One of the primary duties of the HBPC is to administer and update the program for members. The program is based on the National Green Building StandardTM
If you’re looking to have your next home built to a higher-performing standard, you’re in the right place.
Through the Certified High Performance Home program, the house is certified green, not the builder. Our program is based on the ANSI-approved National Green Building StandardTM which gives you, the homeowner, and the builder many options on achieving certification. All homes must be third-party tested in order to be certified in the program and therefore must reach a minimum standard in the program. After that, you can make the home as green as you like.
Consensus as to what is “Green” or green enough isn’t universal. In reality, green building is driven by science not ideology and must result in the construction and reconstruction of our built environment in harmony with the planet’s ecosystems such that we live within the limitations of those natural resources and pass on sufficient resources to future generations. Driven to the absolute by science, the language above would change from “design and construction of homes and communities with some or all of the following characteristics” to “design and construction of homes and communities with all of the following characteristics.” While all the tools and techniques needed to do this exist today, a huge educational challenge must be met to get these tools and techniques into use to accomplish this reconfiguration and reinvestment in our built environment.
Studies show great interest in green building but significant confusion as to what it entails. In too many cases this confusion and accompanying assumptions that green building requires all of the characteristics described previously (and is thus too expensive), actually impede adoption and incorporation of important and feasible advancements toward sustainability.
Debates exist as to whether to label only homes and buildings green when they include all of the previously described characteristics or whether we will move our society farther, faster through applying this label to homes, including some or most of the green building characteristics above.