A building contractor doesn't need be certified to be considered proficient in green contracting. However, certification does offer comfort to potential customers because they understand that the contractor has gained the knowledge necessary to deliver as advertised. Green certification means the contractor successfully studied in a formal third-party education program.
Understanding third-party certifications is also one of the ways homeowners can appreciate the health and environmental benefits they may anticipate from a green contractor. Certifications can be used as a quality checklist for green homes; if you know which green-building programs the contractor uses, you can study up on them.
Another consideration when looking at certifications is how many of the employees at the company are green certified. Some contractors have just one employee who has earned certification, while some require that all employees complete such programs.
This question really becomes three:
- Are they certified?
- Which certifications do they hold?
- How many of the people working on your construction job hold certifications?