Definition of “green”

“Green” describes features, technologies, and products that increase efficiency in a building’s energy and water usage, help protect the health of its occupants, and reduce the commercial property’s impact on the environment.  Green buildings are healthier, more environmentally friendly, and economically smarter than average buildings.

Green features:

  • improve energy efficiency;
  • reduce pollution;
  • provide healthier air;
  • increase comfort;
  • reduce water usage;
  • preserve natural resources;
  • increase durability;
  • make a building quieter;
  • reduce maintenance;
  • lower monthly costs; and
  • improve resale value.

Codes and Standards

Nearly all green building codes and standards have been developed by private organizations and pertain to new construction, not existing commercial properties.  Nevertheless, many existing properties, by design, by luck, or through modification, have green features that clients should know about.


This Standard does not require the inspector to determine the “green-ness” of a building. The purpose of the Green Features Report is to permit the inspector to easily point out common green features of the property, thus increasing client awareness of the property’s green features. The inspector is not required to perform an energy audit, determine code compliance, perform environmental assessments, test for radon, lead, asbestos or mold, or report on all green features or the lack of them (see Section 8:  Limitations, Exceptions and Exclusions).

Optional Add-On Inspection Service

This Standard does not require the inspector to perform this green features inspection.  The Observed Green Features Report may be offered in conjunction with a complete commercial property inspection, or as a separate, stand-alone inspection service.

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