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High-Performance Certification Programs

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

High-Performance Certifications & Programs

Southern Energy Management provides consultations, inspections, testing, and 3rd party verification for a suite of multifamily & commercial green building certification programs. This includes but is not limited to: HERS Ratings, ENERGY STAR, NGBS, LEED, Green Globes, EarthCraft, and Passive House. 


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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Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistance Provider

Enterprise Green Communities is the nation’s only national green building program designed explicitly for green affordable housing construction. Enterprise Green Communities certified projects also earn WELL Certification.

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Fitwel offers a streamlined process and an efficient, user-friendly digital platform to join the healthy building movement. Whether a single project, a portfolio of buildings, or an entire neighborhood, Fitwel certification shows that you prioritize wellness within the design, development, and operations of buildings and communities.

Free Green Building Starter Guide

This quick start PDF guide covers everything you need to know to get started with green building on your next multifamily project!
PDF Guide

Improving the Way People Make and Use Energy

With a foundation in building science, we focus on durability and health, and making a difference in the users of buildings. This manifests most often in a green building certification program some of which are widely used and household names like ENERGY STAR and LEED. Others are new or more fringe like Passive House or fitWel.

If these out of the box programs don’t work for your development, we have the capability to create a unique program for your development or portfolio. Our team is constantly studying the latest building science techniques, staying up to date on performance testing techniques, and keeping up with changing energy codes and high performance building certification programs. Let us use our 20 years of experience in the field to navigate the various program nuances and requirements. We can not only find the right program for your next project, we will see it through to certification. 

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