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Comparing Residential Green Building Certifications

  • 13 Sep 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • 14 Sep 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260
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When it comes to (re)building residential buildings there are many green certification labels to choose from.  During this session, we will discuss and compare the different rating systems identified in LIHTC, HUD, Federal Home Loan Bank, Tax abatements and other local programs. 

Each green home certification comes with its own requirements, opportunities, costs, third party oversight, tools and resources to guide you. Each requires different levels of training and foundational knowledge. 

Which is right for you and your clients?

In this session, trainers from the Green Home Institute will help you make sense of it all and understand which program is the right tool to use based on the goals of your particular project. You will also learn which programs apply best to different building types: Single/multi-family, mid-high rise, rehabs, remodels and additions, and new construction. Market rate and affordable housing will also be discussed.

The programs we will cover include LEED for Homes, National Green Building Standard, Energy Star for Homes and Highrise, Enterprise Green Communities, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Green Globes and the Home Energy Rating System. We will look at each system individually and then together through the lens of cost, the 5 pillars of green, third party oversight requirements, popularity, growth, update cycles and even political affiliations.  We will compare each to the baseline code as well. 

Key take-aways from this training will be to

  1. Understand the basics of each green building program and how they compare or contrast
  2. Know where to get more information or find resources to pursue a green rating on your next project 
  3. Articulate the needs and opportunities for building or renovating with the 5 pillars of green in mind 
  4. Understand the benefits and incentives available for green building certifications


Christin Kappel is the owner of Simply Sustainable LLC, a sustainability verification and consulting firm based in Indianapolis as well as the Past Board Chair for the U.S. Green Building Council Indiana Chapter.

Simply Sustainable LLC. is a WBE certified, sustainability consulting and verification firm focused primarily on helping underserved markets and communities.  She started her company to fill a need in the affordable and subsidized housing market for qualified green professionals to assist design and construction teams in meeting federal, state as well as local funding requirements, including but not limited to programs such as LEED, Energy Star, Enterprise and the National Green Building Standard. She assists in helping her teams not only create attainable goals but also meet their performance goals while providing truly affordable housing for seniors, veterans, homeless and families across the Midwest.

Her extensive experience in affordable housing has turned into a career helping developers and teams successfully meet their goals and she has successfully managed and verified more green certified projects than anyone else in the state.

Brett Little, LFA, LEEDAPH, CGHP: A Graduate of the Aquinas College Sustainable Business Bachelors Program, Brett is the Executive Director of the GreenHome Institute and is helping homeowners, builders, architects, and developers find more sustainable and healthier ways to build BETTER.​ ​Brett sits on the board of the USGBC - West Michigan chapter and is a co-facilitator of the Living Future Collaborative: Great Lakes. Brett loves supporting the local economy, kayaking, microbreweries and enjoying pure MI with his wife and young son.​

This training is underwritten by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Prosperity Indiana
1099 N. Meridian Street, Suite 170
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
Phone // 317.222.1221 
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