Builders across Minnesota who commit to having at least 75% of their homes tested by third-party RESNET raters and attend a half-day Green Path professional development workshop are now eligible for recognition as Designated Green Path Builders. Under this newly launched program, builders who meet the criteria can market themselves as Designated Green Path Builders, which includes digital and print badging, recognition on the Minnesota’s Green Path website and recognition in the Parade of Homes should they have a home in the tour.
“This is an important step in recognizing builders who commit to energy effi ciency and third-party validation,” said Carole Griffith, vice president of sales and marketing at Robert Thomas Homes and Green Path Committee chair for Housing First Minnesota, which presents the Green Path program.
“There is strong interest. We launched just last month and already have more than 10 participating builders. We think we’ll reach 50 participating builders as the program gains awareness.”
Minnesota’s Green Path has been receiving substantial interest in the past several months. Tom Gavaras, Green Path program manager, presented at the recent RESNET conference along with Ross Anderson of The Energy Network (TEN). The program has now provided Home Performance Reports to more than 18,000 newly built homes in Minnesota and proudly reflects an average HERS index of 51.
The success of the program has been important to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry with regard to the energy code.