Get Certified earn LEED, Energy Star, IREM Certification, BOMA 360, and Green Globes

Why Certify Your Buildings?

The primary benefits of certification include enhanced performance and marketability. The process of certifying your building provides insights on how to improve – which, if implemented, boosts performance. And while your building may already be sustainable, certification by an independent third-party provides validation to the rest of the world. Taken in tandem, these factors provide the basis for deciding whether it’s worth pursuing certification.

Increase Performance


Reduce operating expenses

Charge higher rents and increase occupancy

Capture financial incentives

Improve Marketability


Differentiate from peer buildings

Attract environmentally conscious tenants

Increase liquidity at sale

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Choosing a Certification Program

There are a wide variety array of certification options; each with distinct pros and cons. GreenPSF helps you get certified for the lowest possible cost by having experienced consultants compete for your project.

Energy Star LEED Green Globes BOMA 360 IREM Certification
Launched 1999 2000 2004 2009 2014
Overview Developed by the US federal government

Available for many types of existing commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings

To earn Energy Star, a building’s energy performance must be within the top 25 percent of similar facilities, earning at least 75 points on a scale of 1-100
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Designed to provide third-party verification of high-performance buildings

Certification is available in four levels – Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum – based on points earned out of 100 total points earned across 5 categories
Developed by ECD Energy and JLL as an affordable alternative to LEED certification

Self-assessment based rating system that may be conducted by an in-house project manager and design team

Licensed for use by the Green Building Initiative (USA) and BOMA Canada
Developed by BOMA International to evaluate buildings vis-à-vis industry best practices

Takes a holistic approach by focusing on six areas: operations & management; life safety, security & risk management; training & education; energy; environmental / sustainability; and tenant relations / community involvement
Developed by the Institute of Real Estate Management as a pragmatic and affordable alternative to LEED

Emphasizes education and action for energy and sustainability initiatives

Available to all buildings, regardless of affiliation with IREM
Common Profile Buildings that are already energy efficient Class A or B office buildings in major urban areas; public sector buildings Buildings that seek a direct, lower-cost alternative to LEED Class A or B office buildings in major urban and suburban areas Office properties, multifamily communities, shopping centers
Cert. Types ENERGY STAR Operations and Maintenance (O+M)

Design and Construction (BD+C)

Interior Design and Construction (ID+C)

Neighborhood Development (ND)

Homes
Existing Buildings

New Construction

Commercial Interiors
BOMA 360 IREM Certification
Eligibility Buildings in the top 25% for energy efficiency Buildings must meet a variety of prereqs, with vary by certification type None For occupied office buildings. Additional prereqs apply For occupied properties, including all major types. To see all prerequisites, visit irem.org/gogreen
Adoption 40% of US commercial building space 3.3 billion square feet 3,000 buildings 600 buildings Program launched in 2014
Process Fast process (weeks), finalized by a registered architect or professional engineer 6-12 month process, typically led by a LEED AP consultant Self-paced program, designed for in-house team Fast process (weeks) Self-paced, minimum 2-4 weeks
Cost per Building Avg. $500 to $2,500 Avg. $10,000 to $25,000 plus consulting fees Avg. $6,000 to $22,000 $1,000 to $2,000 $400 to $800 application fee
Recertification Annually Every 5 years Every 3 years Every 3 years
Additional green building certifications include
BREEAM
BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 250,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.
(highly prevalent international program),
BOMA BESt
BOMA BESt® is the Canadian industry standard for commercial building sustainability certification.
(Canada), and
SERF
Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) offers an affordable, accessible and direct alternative to LEED certification. Once a facility is certified, SERF becomes a sustainability marketing partner.
(LEED alternative).

Getting Started

Regardless of which certification program(s) you choose, the first step in the process is to perform a gap analysis – which will determine the feasibility, required actions, and costs involved. Talk with a GreenPSF expert about your project, or get bids from consultants.

Get bids from experienced consultants to certify your buildings for the lowest cost.

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