Look for validated performance.

As with other products you buy, homes also have certifications to help you make a wise choice.

Look for homes with these designations:

Local programs

There are many reputable, local programs around the country.

One example is Colorado-based Built Green Colorado, a non-profit organization that works with building and real estate professionals, local and state governments and homeowners to increase awareness and adoption of green building practices.

Want to find a local program in your area? Try the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.