What is a Green Rater?
A Green Rater is a specific type of Home Energy Rater, which is a certified professional qualified to conduct home energy ratings on residential and small commercial buildings. Green Raters differ from other Home Energy Raters in that they are the only raters qualified to work with the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Program. Launched by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2007, the LEED for Homes Program promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
To become a Green Rater, applicants must hold at least three years of experience in residential construction and have completed the LEED for Homes Program Review Series or earned the LEED AP Homes designation. Applicants must also have completed at least 12 hours of education covering green building strategies and the LEED for Homes Green Rater Training. Applicants must then pass the LEED for Homes Green Rater Exam which entails 85 multiple choice questions designed to asses an individual’s understanding of the LEED for Homes certification process.
Some Green Raters may receive their certification through an Advanced Track. These professionals have provided verification services on LEED for Homes projects prior to the availability of the LEED for Homes Green Rater Certificate. The Advanced Track requires completion of a single online learning unit prior to taking and passing the LEED for Homes Green Rater Exam
Upon passing the exam, all certified Green Raters must also complete the LEED for Homes Green Rater Mentorship program. This program requires the mentorship of a current Green Rater and Provider Quality Assurance Designee (QAD). After completing the mentorship program, Green Raters can begin providing verification services on LEED for Homes projects. Responsibilities include oversight of all verification services in addition to serving as a liaison between the USGBC and a project’s design team. Green Raters must also ensure that all Project Submittal Packages are complete and delivered to the appropriate QAD for any LEED for Homes projects seeking certification. For any residential building to receive the LEED for Homes designation, it must receive on-site verification from a LEED for Homes Green Rater.
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