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I’m Proud to Announce my latest accomplishment- LEED® AP for Homes Credentialing

I’m very proud to announce that I just passed the LEED AP for Homes exam.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the largest Green Building Certification body in the world.
My new designation as LEED Accredited Professional for Homes is complimentary to my existing LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction credential.
This qualifies me to guide clients through the LEED Certification process and participate in LEED Building Design Charrettes for planning and implementation of the LEED Program.
This also allows projects to aquire 1 point towards LEED Certification for having a LEED AP as a member of the project team.
This enables me to participate in certification of commercial or residential projects.

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I’m looking forward to applying my newly acquired credential and helping to promote the growth and development of the Green Building Movement.
If you’re considering LEED Certification for your next project, call me for a free consultation.
Thank You,
Phil Vanderloo,
916 612-1704

LEED Certification – Credit Categories and Strategies

In the interest of creating awareness and informing people about the process of LEED Certification, I’ve decided to run a series of blogs about the point scoring system and credit strategies involved.


This series will address the LEED Building Design and Construction and the LEED for Homes rating systems.
Since it’s inception in 1998, LEED, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), has evolved into the most recognized Green Building Certification Body in the world.
Certification is attainable at 4 different levels based on the amount of points acquired per the credit categories.These are- Continue reading LEED Certification — Credit Categories and Strategies

Promoting Green Building Awareness

I often wonder why so many people are so uninterested in the green building movement. But over time I’ve come to the conclusion that, if everyone really understood the wide range of effects and consequences of ignoring the importance of the green movement, they would be more inclined to accept the responsibility of doing their part.

What we need to realize is this- We are destroying our planet-

Not that we’re doing it intentionally but traditional existence has allowed us to take so much for granted. Contrary to what many of us may think-

  • We do not have an unlimited supply of water.
  • There really is such a thing as global warming.
  • We are destroying the ozone with the use of fossil fuels for our energy and transportation needs.
  • And yes, believe it or not, we are fighting wars and sacrificing tens of thousands of lives in the middle east because of our dependence on foreign oil.

As it has been said “In the past wars have been fought over oil. In the future wars will be fought over water”
More than 2 billion people on earth do not have a safe supply of water.
Americans consume more than 5 times the amount of water than our European neighbors. There are simple measures we can all take to reduce our water consumption.Things like installing water efficient plumbing fixtures like EPA water sense toilets and urinals, and water saving faucets and shower heads.Some municipalities offer rebates which offset the cost of the toilets. Or using native or adaptive plants in our landscapes and implementing measures to reduce the use of potable water for landscape irrigation.
The single most important thing we can do in this country is to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We need to increase our supply of domestic alternative energy sources. Not only would this reduce the cost of energy but we would also create more jobs, and reduce damaging carbon emissions created by the use of fossil fuels.
Another overlooked amenity of green building is the reduction of indoor air pollutants thereby creating a much healthier indoor living and working environment.
These are just a few of the benefits of Green Building Awareness. You owe it to yourself, your planet, and future generations to do your part in leaving behind a healthier and safer environment.