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Green Building Labels Go On the Record

By Christian Watjen
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 6, 2012 Last Updated: December 6, 2012
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The headquarter of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The 2012 completed building, one of the greenest in the U.S., is designed according to LEED platinum standards. (Christian Watjen/The Epoch Times)

The headquarter of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The 2012 completed building, one of the greenest in the U.S., is designed according to LEED platinum standards. (Christian Watjen/The Epoch Times)

SAN FRANCISCO—The city and county of San Francisco will include green labels for buildings in the official land records, as the first in the nation to do so.

Green labels, like Energy Star, require buildings to meet certain energy efficiency criteria, such as for lighting, heating, cooling, and insulation.

“The Green Label information now maintained in our files is an important first step in the universal adoption of ecologically sustainable building practices,” said Phil Ting, San Francisco’s assessor-recorder, at a press conference on Nov. 29, according to San Francisco Business Times.

As a leading city in green building, San Francisco has more than 1,000 properties and 250 buildings with a green label. Additionally, at least 35 percent of the city’s commercial square-footage are LEED and/or Energy Star-certified, Sustainable Industries reported.

Besides lowering energy costs, a green label on a home in California will increase its resale value by 9 percent, according to a recent study by UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles.

LEED (U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a globally respected label, while Energy Star is overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

The assessor’s office also recognizes labels from Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated, Home Energy Rating System II (HERS II), and Home Energy Score.

“Recording Green Labels in the Assessor-Recorder database will provide the transparency needed to reveal high performance buildings and demonstrate leaders in the field,” said Melanie Nutter, director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, according to the Times.

Almost 300 homes have also completed the San Francisco Home Improvement and Performance program (SFHIP), Sustainable Industries reported. SFHIP is a program by the San Francisco Department of Environment that gives rebates and incentives to homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

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