GreenPoint Rated Existing Home is for homes of all vintages and can be used to rate homes and residential buildings with existing green features, or to rate a home or building undergoing work. Remodelers often partner with a third-party GreenPoint Rater, but they can also become certified as GreenPoint Raters themselves and rate their own projects.

Single Family Homes

A single family home can receive one of two labels:

  • The Elements label recognizes green building best practices for a small remodel or addition. It's a great stepping stone for homeowners making small improvements over time. These GreenPoint Rated homes must meet certain prerequisites, achieve a minimum point requirement in each of the five environmental categories, and score at least 25 total points.
Elements Label Minimum Requirements
25 total points (capped at 49)

Energy Points 8 Resource Conservation: 2
Indoor Air Quality: 2 Water Conservation: 4
Some common measures include: Installing a built-in composting and recycling center in the kitchen; water-efficient and native landscaping; using faucet aerators and replacing all water fixtures with high-efficiency versions; installing an Energy Star® bathroom fan.

Multifamily Homes

Multifamily buildings are any residential buildings of two units or more that share the same meters, water, or heating and cooling systems. A multifamily building can receive one of two labels:

  • The Elements label recognizes green building best practices for a small remodel or gradual upgrades. It's a great stepping stone for property owners making small improvements over time. These GreenPoint Rated units must meet certain prerequisites, achieve a minimum point requirement in each of the five environmental categories, and score at least 25 total points.
Elements Label Minimum Requirements
25 total points (capped at 49)
Energy Points 8 Water Conservation: 2
Indoor Air Quality: 2 Community: 2
Resource Conservation: 2    
       
Some common measures include: Insulated walls, floors and roof; water efficient and native landscaping; high efficiency indoor water fixtures installing an EnergyStar refrigerator; using only low emitting paints; ensuring access to public transit.
  • The Whole Building label recognizes green building best practices for a small remodel or gradual upgrades. It's a great stepping stone for property owners making small improvements over time. These GreenPoint Rated units must meet certain prerequisites, achieve a minimum point requirement in each of the five environmental categories, and score at least 50 total points.
Whole Building Label Minimum Requirements
50 total points

Energy Points 30 Water Conservation: 3
Indoor Air Quality: 5 Community 3
Resource Conservation: 6    
       
Some common measures include: Insulated walls, floors and roof; water efficient and native landscaping; high efficiency indoor water fixtures installing an EnergyStar refrigerator; using only low emitting paints; ensuring access to public transit.

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