Energy efficient buildings offer long-term value to their owners. They are more comfortable places to live and work, are more affordable to operate and maintain, and produce less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional buildings. Four Walls, Inc. believes firmly in the ability of third-party green building certifications as a way to provide building owners with peace of mind that they are getting a high-quality product that will save them money over time.
Most energy-efficiency programs require third-party certification. Four Walls, Inc. is a licensed, insured verifier for the following green building programs. The following green building resources can help you plan your energy-efficient home
ENERGY STAR® for Homes — Four Walls, Inc. is a licensed, ensured verifier of ENERGY STAR® certified homes in the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area.
ENERGY STAR® certified homes are more efficient than typical new homes. They achieve higher efficiency through energy-saving measures such as insulation, and high-performance windows, heating and cooling systems, lighting and appliances. ENERGY STAR® certification for new homes requires that homes be at least 15 percent more efficient than homes built to the 2011 Oregon Residential Specialty Code, as verified by a third-party home energy assessor such as Four Walls, Inc.
Energy Trust Energy Performance Score™ — Four Walls, Inc. is a licensed, insured verifier of EPS-rated homes in Energy Trust of Oregon territory. EPS-rated homes have energy-saving features such as tight building envelopes, duct sealing, high-performance windows and insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and high-performance heating and cooling systems.
Why build according to green building programs/certifications?
Third-party verification of green building programs help builders:
- Document energy performance measures.
- Demonstrate how their homes compare to homes built to code.
- Develop their reputation as a builder of quality homes with low operating costs.
Third-party verification of green building programs help homebuyers:
- Understand the estimated energy costs and carbon footprint of new homes.
- Compare newly built homes and make informed decisions.