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LEED for Homes Green Raters

Green Raters provide in-the-field verification services at each and every LEED for Homes Project.

To ensure the quality of service provided by LEED for Homes Green Raters, we require a rigorous set of qualifications. Access the candidate handbook for exam policies and procedures. You can find the complete list of requirements in theLEED for Homes Green Rater Eligibility Qualifications.

    1. Complete the Green Rater application process (with documentation).
    2. Complete the two-part Green Rater training—HOMES 401.
      Part 1: Full series of self-guided online learning modules (approximately five hours)
      Part 2: Instructor-led two-day LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop (two full days)
    3. Pass the Green Rater exam.
      Upon passing the exam, candidates will be recognized with a Green Rater in training status.
    4. Establish an agreement with a LEED for Homes provider organization.
      Complete the Green Rater mentorship within 24 months of passing the exam.

After completing the mentorship, you will receive your LEED for Homes Green Rater certificate.

Details on the training

The two-part LEED for Homes Green Rater Training is designed to prepare qualified participants to provide verification services on LEED for Homes projects and is the second step in earning the LEED for Homes Green Rater Certificate. The full course includes:

Part 1: Self Guided Online Learning Modules
      • 1.1 Becoming a LEED for Homes Green Rater
      • 1.2 Green Rater Roles and Responsibilities
      • 1.3 Technical Strategies for LEED for Homes
      • 1.4 Multifamily and Production Home Projects
      • 1.5 Green Rater Tools and Resources
Part 2: LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop
      • 2 day instructor-led workshop

When you register for HOMES 401: Green Rater Training, you are registering for both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Green Rater training. Access to Part 1 will be emailed to you once your registration is confirmed.

Details on the exam

Access the candidate handbook for exam policies and procedures. Review theSpecifications for the LEED for Homes Green Rater Exam. The application fee is $50.

Details on the mentorship

After you pass the Green Rater exam, you have 2 years to complete a mentorship with a current Green Rater and a provider quality assurance designee (QAD). The mentorship requires you to do the following:

      • Participate in two preliminary ratings (the mentor must participate in both meetings, whether in person or by phone)
      • Conduct two pre-drywall and two final 30-minute verification visits (the first visit of each verification type must be supervised in person by the mentor)
      • Prepare two project submittal packages (reviewed by a QAD in accordance with LEED for Homes program requirements)
      • Submit mentorship documentation for review

Keeping Your Certificate Active

Once the certificate is earned, active status is maintained by rating a minimum of two LEED for Homes projects in each two year time period. Active status must be maintained in order to continue rating LEED for Homes projects.


 Great checklist to see how you’re doing in the eco-stakes. 

Measuring and monitoring – Have you….
Reviewed your monthly gas and electricity bills?
Have you checked that your MIC meets your needs?
Read your meter frequently?
Established your baseline/out-of-ours energy use?
Considered sub-metering?
Large Equipment – Have you…..
Identified your major energy using equipment?
Surveyed your large equipment usage/requirements
Lighting– Have you…
Conducted a survey of your light fittings?
Considered replacing bulbs and fittings with more efficient bulbs/fittings?
Considered installing timers and sensors?
Made the most of available natural light?
Refrigeration– Have you….
Made sure your refrigeration temperatures are set correctly?
Ensured fridges and freezers are not overstocked?
Installed timers on display fridges and vending machines?
Installed strip curtains in cold rooms?
Ensured your fridges/freezers are regularly defrosted?
Checked that fridge/freezer door seals are in good repair?
Hot water – Have you….
Ensured pipes and tanks are well insulated?
Fitted timers?
Ensured water is heated to optimum temperature and fitted thermostats?
Heating – Have you…
Ensured your boiler is serviced regularly?
Ensured doors and windows are kept closed when heating is on?
Considered zoning your heating?
Ventilation and air conditioning – Have you….
Made use of natural ventilation where possible?
Kept fans, air-ducts etc. in good repair?
Procedures, staff awareness and training – Have you…..
Communicated to staff the importance of energy conservation?
Trained staff to switch off equipment when not in use or out-of hours?

Energy Management Checklist;

energy check list A  Click to open in a new window.


About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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