Most of us agree that practical experience is more important than a piece of paper when it comes to using a contractor for our homes. Green certification, however, signifies a lot more than simple proficiency. Contractors that are certified in green design and construction separate their companies from others in ways that are important to homeowners. For example, if contractors invest in certification, it probably means they take green contracting seriously. It takes time, money and a lot of devotion to receive many of these certifications.
The fact that contractors have green certification typically means they're members of professional organizations that promote green contracting. The value to contractors will therefore be having a network of other green professionals to call on if they have questions, or to hire to assist with the project.
Green certification usually ensures continuing education, too. In order to retain certifications, most contractors understand they'll need to study the latest research, technologies and techniques on an ongoing basis in order to become recertified. Therefore, a green-certified contractor is more likely to be current on best practices for green construction.
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- National Association of the Remodeling Industry. "Certification Programs." 2009. (Dec. 26, 2010)http://www.nari.org/certify/
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