Certified Passive House Builder *
Certified Passive House Builders understand passive house principles, can meet the unique challenges presented by North American climate and market conditions, and have mastered the craftsmanship and techniques, such as air-sealing, unique to passive house construction. Certified Passive House Builders have in-person received training and passed a rigorous exam to receive certification.
* Brandon Weiss holds this certification. Eric Barton, Construction Field Leader and Jamie Carr, Operations Manager, also hold this certification.
Certified Passive House Consultant *
A Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) is trained to use Passive House methodology for residential, commercial, and retrofit scenarios, and is prepared to design buildings that meet the Passive House standard in all of North America’s diverse climate regions. CPHC’s have a deep understanding of the principles of passive building design including heat transfer, air-tightness, thermal bridge free detailing, super-insulation, highly efficient ventilation, and moisture control and are able to use the most advanced passive energy and hygrothermal modeling tools. To become certified, building professional take a nine-day course and must pass a rigorous certification exam.
LEED Accredited Profession (LEED AP) *
A LEED professional credential signifies that one has a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building practices and is experienced with the LEED rating system. To be a LEED AP one must pass an exam and fulfill the necessary continuing education requirements. * Back in 2010 or 2011, the USGBC created specialty designations for LEED AP’s. Those who already held the LEED AP designation could maintain it or enroll in one of the new specialty LEED AP designations. For all new LEED AP’s, LEED AP with specialty designation became the only option. Two different version of the LEED AP (without specialty designation) logo are above. Brandon and Patrick choose to retain their LEED AP status without specialty designation. Eric Barton holds the LEED AP Homes designation. This designation is for “those involved in the design and construction of healthy, durable homes that use fewer resources and produce less waste.” Jamie Carr holds the LEED AP BD+C designation. This designation is for “professionals with expertise in the design and construction phases of green buildings, serving the commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors.” The logos for LEED AP Homes and LEED AP BD+C are below.
Graduate Master Builder *
The Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation is the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) certification for its most experienced and well-educated members. Less than 1% of the country’s builders hold this high level designation. Evolutionary home Builders has 2 out of the 4 Graduate Master Builders in Northern Illinois. * Brandon Weiss and Eric Barton hold his certification
Certified Green Professional*
The Certified Green Professional™ in NAHB’s designation which recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost o f construction. * Brandon Weiss and Eric Barton are Certified Green Professional.
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist*
The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation offered by the NAHB recognizes members with special training and expertise in home modifications for aging-in-place.
Building Performance Institute’s Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional*
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is the nation’s premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work. BPI Building Analyst’s are trained to go beyond a traditional energy audit to perform comprehensive, whole-home assessments, identify problems at the root cause and prescribe and prioritize solutions based on building science. BPI Envelope Professionals are qualified to quantify performance and prescribe improvements to help tighten the building envelope (shell), stop uncontrolled air leakage and optimize comfort, durability and HV/AC performance. *Brandon Weiss holds these certifications from BPI.
Living Future Accreditation
The International Living Future Institute is a hub for visionary programs and is the administer of the Living Building Challenge ™ , the built environment’s most rigorous and ambitious performance standard. The Institute offers green building and infrastructure solutions that move across scales (from single room renovations to neighborhoods or whole cities). They offer global strategies for lasting sustainability, partnering with local communities to create grounded and relevant solutions, and reaching out to individuals to unleash their imagination and innovation. The Living Building Challenge has helped to redefine the green building movement, substantially raising the bar for overall sustainability. By embracing the psychology of the endgame, ILFI strives to iden tify the most direct path to a future in which all life can thrive. ILFI seeks partnerships with leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in pursuit of a future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Accreditation demonstrates that an individual has a holistic framing of sustainability and the understanding needed to help lead a transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Comprised of a diverse mix of informative and challenging programming, Living Future Accreditation signals to the marketplace your diverse knowledge of critical environmental and design related issues. *Brandon Weiss holds this certification.
Master Certified Green Professional
The Master Certified Green Professional is NAHB’s highest level of green building certification. It takes their Certified Green Professional certification and advances upon it with an in depth Advanced Building Science course as well as a course specially designed to teach project management specific to green projects, such as how to manage the different sequences of events mandatory over code built construction.
Passive House Alliance US *
Passive House Alliance-US, is a non-profit member organization, promoting Passive House design and construction principles and the Passive House Building Energy Standard. Members include architects, builders, engineers, consultants, building component manufacturers and individuals working to implement and promote Passive House in the United States. The Passive House Alliance mission is to increase the quality, comfort and integrity of new and existing buildings, thus reducing the negative global impacts of traditional US building practices. * Brandon Weiss, Eric Barton and Patrick Danaher are members of the Passive House Alliance US.
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)*
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a national non-profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED® provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle. * Evolutionary Home Builders is a member of the USGBC.
USGBC Illinois Chapter *
The U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter is the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
* Brandon Weiss and Eric Barton are members of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter, and they sit on the Residential Green Building Committee.
US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Partner
A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a home that meets all of the criteria found in the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low to mid-50s, depending o n the size of the home and region in which it is built. All DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are so efficient a small renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption. Zero Energy Ready Home Partners have made a commitment to build to this standard on 100% of their homes as we have done at Evolutionary Home Builders. * This is a company certification