I hope everyone had a good start in 2010- The construction on the Nob Hill Haus has progressed as planned- more to that in the next post.
We also finally opted to get our project certified as a green building- and out of the options available on the market, we selected the Green Point System by California based "Build it Green". This rating system originated in the Bay Area where it has become the number 1 rating system for homes- and mandatory in many cities. Some of the many advantages over the LEED for homes system are: more cost efficient (and therefore better for custom home builders), more direct verification (rather than 3rd party verification) and a more project oriented point system that allows to select from a variety of possible features rather than a lot of mandatory measures, that would drive up cost without having a significant positive effect on the environment.
Summarizing, the Green Point system offers less of a boiler plate and more of a project specific rating and would accommodate our needs the best.
More information about the rating system can be found here: