Earth Advantage launches green certification aimed at small commercial buildings
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Earth Advantage Institute formally launched their commercial building certification program this month. The Rivermark Community Credit Union branch on Southeast Hawthorne was part of the pilot program and has been Earth Advantage Commcercial certified.
Earth Advantage Institute announced a new green building certification aimed at new or heavily overhauled small commercial buildings built to green standards.
The certification, designed for buildings smaller than 100,000 square feet, is set up to be more affordable and cheaper than the LEED building standard administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, among other certifications.
Administered through a network of partner organizations, the Earth Advantage Commercial offers three levels of certification — platinum, gold and silver — and judges the building across five categories: energy efficiency, healthy environment, use of green materials, sustainable land use and water conservation.
The nonprofit Earth Advantage Institute established the cost of the program at $2,500 to enroll a building in the program and $2,500 to complete the certification. Partners offering certification may add a fee for their time on top of those costs.
The certification has been in a pilot phase since 2009. So far three buildings in Oregon have received full certification — including, in Portland, the Hawthorne branch of the Rivermark Community Credit Union — with four others in various phases of the certification process.
"There are no pre-requisites for this program," said Diana Fischetti, commercial program manager at Earth Advantage. "It's rigorous and accessible and it enables smaller projects to be certified."
The following businesses are part of the program's preferred partner network and can offer the certifications:
- Ambient Architecture
- Brightworks Sustainability Advisors,
- Chessir Architecture
- Green Hammer Design & Build
- Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch
- Pinnacle Architecture
- Steele Associates Architect
- System Design Consultants
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