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Green Building Certifications

We help projects reach certification for NGBS, LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, PHIUS (Passive House), and everything in between.

Blower Door/Performance Testing

For all your diagnostic testing, program mandates, and code compliance needs.

Green Financing Consulting

Make the most of financing options available to your project: 45L, PACE, HUD 221 (d)(4), HUD 223 (f), and more.

Multi-Family Dettson HVAC

High performance MF units need right-sized mechanicals. Eco Achievers is an authorized distributor for Dettson high performance, low-capacity HVAC systems.

Green Building Certifications

When you want to raise the bar above code compliance, Eco Achievers will help you meet and exceed rigorous third-party certification standards. Our experience on hundreds of homes and multi-family buildings makes us uniquely qualified to assist on any residential green building certification process, from design through completion.

Eco Achievers provides energy modeling, testing, and green building certification services for the following programs:

NGBS: National Green Building Standard

NGBS certification is available for multi-family, single-family, new construction, and remodel projects. Eco Achievers has extensive experience with the NGBS Remodel path, particularly for HUD 223(f) refinancing projects seeking the green MIP rate reduction. We’ve supported lenders, developers, and owners throughout the country to achieve NGBS certification for their projects. 

For more information about NGBS Remodel or New Construction verification services, please contact Jamie Carr at 484.431.6599 or jamie@ecoachievers.com. Jamie is a NGBS Master Verifier, a NGBS Green Partner of Excellence, and a member of the NGBS Green Advisory Panel.

ENERGY STAR Low-Rise & MF New Construction

ENERGY STAR: it’s not just for appliances any more. The widely-recognized ENERGY STAR certification is available to a variety of building types, especially residential. Whether you’re constructing a townhome, seven-story mid-rise, or 27-story high-rise, there’s a path for you that produces durable, energy-efficient, healthy homes and units from Phoenix to Portland, Chicago to Miami.

ENERGY STAR for Homes and the new ESMFNC are the basis of many green building certifications. We’ll take you through the checklists, modeling, and performance standards so that your building or project can be an ENEGY STAR.

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.” USGBC.org

Eco Achievers specializes in LEED for Homes Low-Rise and Mid-Rise projects. Whether you’re aiming for Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum, our team of green building experts can help you reach your desired level of sustainability.

EGC: Enterprise Green Communities

Enterprise Green Communities, in addition to being aligned with the International WELL Building Institute, is a comprehensive green building certification dedicated to supporting the affordable housing community. It combines energy efficiency, resiliency, and the neighborhood at large, and sets ,”… a new standard for design and construction that addresses our changing climate, improves health and well-being of residents, and is economically viable for the long term.” Enterprisecommunity. org

Enterprise Green Communities is core to LIHTC and state-wide affordable housing programs. Eco Achievers supports Enterprise Green projects from portal admin to ENERGY STAR certification, and everywhere in between.

PHIUS: Passive House Institute US

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS+) projects use 40-60% less energy than typical code-built buildings. In addition to exceptional energy performance, the PHIUS+ program creates exceptionally durable, resilient buildings with a focus on indoor air quality and comfort. It’s our pathway to Net Zero and Net Positive communities.

Eco Achievers has been fortunate to work extensively on PHIUS+ projects throughout the last few years. We’ve had firsts in local, state-wide, MF, and commercial projects. We can’t wait to support your team in achieving this high bar of Net Zero building performance.

Additional Green Building Programs

If you are interested in pursuing a green certification for your project, please fill out our contact form or contact us by phone or email.

info@ecoachievers.com

708.848.4980

Blower Door/Performance Testing

Air leakage can account for up to 40% of a building’s energy loss, not to mention the moisture, discomfort, and decreased longevity of the building.
Whether it’s w
hole building testing, a 17-story residential compartmentalization, or a single family home – we’ll get you through.

Blower Door Testing:

  • Whole Building Blower Doors
  • Guarded Testing
  • Unit Compartmentalization
  • Code Compliance

Performance Testing:

  • Duct Leakage Testing
  • Ventilation Verification
  • Exhaust Flow Testing
  • Static Pressure Testing

If you are interested in a diagnostic test to measure your project’s performance, please fill out our contact form or contact us by phone or email.

info@ecoachievers.com

708.848.4980

Tax Credits and Financial Incentives

It’s no surprise that the sustainability requirements for federal agencies and regulatory bodies are complex. Eco Achievers helps multifamily lenders, owners, and developers – and their clients – navigate sustainability compliance requirements and green finance incentives. We have deep experience working on HUD-financed and LIHTC transactions, and have provided numerous certifications for Fannie Mae and 45L tax credit projects. 

Certifications Approved for Fannie Mae

  • NGBS
  • Enterprise Green Communities & ENERGY STAR
  • LEED for Homes
  • PHIUS+ / Passive House

Green Financing Support Services

  • HUD Green MIP Rate Reduction:
    221(d)(4) and 223(f)
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
  • High Performance/Sustainability Utility Incentives
  • Compliance with State/Local Sustainability Programs

45L Tax Credit Services

  • Unit/Home Energy Modeling
  • Certified HERS Rating
  • 45L Compliance Reporting

If you’re interested in finding the best path to comply with your green financing  requirements, please fill out our contact form or contact us by phone or email.

jamie@ecoachievers.com

484.431.6599

Dettson HVAC for Multi-Family

Oversized HVAC systems and poor air distribution lead to comfort and moisture problems. Systems designed by old rules of thumb, such as a certain number of cooling tons per square foot are also more expensive up front, don’t last as long due to short cycling, and require higher maintenance costs. Eco Achievers is an authorized distributor for Dettson Industries’ high performance “Right-Sized” HVAC system, which includes:

  • Dettson Chinook Compact – 15,000 BTU Modulating Furnace / Heat Pump
  • Dettson Chinook – 30,000 – 60,000 BTU Modulating Furnace / Heat pump

If you are interested in learning more about Dettson systems for your MF project, please fill out our contact form or contact us by phone or email.

graham@ecoachievers.com

630.638.9675

Looking for more?

To learn more about our services, or discuss additional project needs, please fill out our contact form or contact us by phone or email. We’re here to help!

info@ecoachievers.com

708.848.4980

Latest Projects

Ruth Ellis Center

  • Certification:
    NGBS 2015
  • 4-Stories, 43 Units
  • Mixed-Use Housing
  • Location: Detroit, MI
  • Project Team:
    Full Circle Communities, Landon Bone Baker Architects

River Trails SD26

  • Certification:
    PHIUS+ 2018
  • 1 Story, Commercial
  • Middle School Renovation
  • Location:
    Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Project Team:
    River Trails SD26, FGM Architects

Albion at Highland Park

  • Certification:
    NGBS Bronze
  • 5-Stories, 161 Units
  • Market Rate Housing
  • Location:
    Highland Park, IL
  • Project Team:
    Albion Residences, Cyclone Energy

Ogden Park Apartments

  • Certification:
    Enterprise Green Communities
  • 3-Stories, 25 Units
  • Substantial Rehab, Affordable Housing
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Project Team:
    Weese Langley Weese