Multifamily Green Building

Certification Programs

Our sustainability consulting and third party verification services include working with your team from design to project completion.

High Performance Certifications & Programs

SEM provides consultations, inspections, testing and 3rd party verification for a suite of multifamily green building certification programs including (but not limited to): HERS Ratings, ENERGY STAR (Homes & Commercial), National Green Building Standard, LEED BD+C, CS, and Homes, Green Globes, EarthCraft, Passive House. Let us help you find the program that is right for you!


HERS Ratings

The HERS or Home Energy Rating System is the nationally recognized system for inspecting, testing and calculating a home’s energy performance. Certified RESNET Home Energy Raters conduct inspections to verify a home’s energy efficiency and recommend improvements that can be made to increase it. A home built to code standard ranks in at 100. The lower a home ranks, the more energy efficient it is!

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ENERGY STAR certification reduces energy bills and improves comfort, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR certified new homes are built so all energy efficiency systems and features lead to optimal home performance. Value-adding energy efficiency features and a combination of materials and equipment deliver better performance and an overall superior level of quality.



The National Green Building Standard, developed by Home Innovation Research Labs, is a six part certification program designed to ensure healthier homes with healthier occupants. NGBS focuses on improving site design, resource efficiency, water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental air quality, and building operation and maintenance. This ensures homes are third-party verified to be healthier, cost less to operate, and promote a sustainable lifestyle.



Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is changing the way we think about how buildings & communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 2.2 million square feet being certified daily.

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Green Globes

Green Globes provides an online assessment protocol, rating system, and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible, and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party verification.

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The first multifamily specific green building program in the nation. EarthCraft provides certifications for many multifamily projects. From low-rise to mid-rise, EarthCraft can help. They do construction, renovation, and always considerable the most sustainable options. Among these are environmental performance, indoor air quality, building durability, comfort and affordability.


Passive House (PHIUS)

Passive House is a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building, results in ultra-low energy buildings that require very little energy for space heating or cooling.

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