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Bright Green Strategies is a firm specializing in comprehensive residential energy, sustainable design and green building certification. Our goal is to bring the latest knowledge from the field to you, solving green building problems before they occur.
Green Building is a constantly evolving process. At Bright Green Strategies, we’re continually educated ourselves about all aspects of green building and the certification process in order to assist our clients in navigating this complex industry. We’re thoroughly versed in the challenges faced by the building community and are committed to providing consistent advice and continuity from design, through construction, to completion
Bright Green Strategies has substantial experience with residential Green Building certification programs such as LEED for Homes, GreenPoint Rated and Energy Star. We’ve helped hundreds of green building projects achieve these certifications throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. We strive to offset our costs through our comprehensive expertise in multiple state, federal, and local rebate programs. Our expertise allows us to assist you in creating buildings that are healthy, durable, energy and water efficient with minimal cost impact to construction budgets. With over 20 years of energy efficient building design and planning, we are also a valuable resource to city governments, training and advising them on green building ordinances. Bright Green Strategies is now a LEED for Homes Provider. We provide oversight of the LEED certification process. We were selected by the USGBC because we have a proven record of supporting builders in the construction of high performance and sustainable homes.
WE MAKE IT EASY
Having worked on hundreds of green building projects, we recognize that sustainability goals are best met through an integrated process between developers, architects, engineers, and builders. We believe this integrated design process is a necessary component to achieving the highest efficiency standards for our clients. We’re here to provide leadership to your team throughout the process to ensure sustainability goals are achievable and within budget.
“With over 20 years of energy efficient building design and planning, we’re a valuable resource to city governments,
training and advising them on green building ordinances.”
The built environment is an integral part of our lives, and it’s the place we feel we can make a substantial, positive environmental impact. At Bright Green Strategies, we’re constantly learning, innovating, and sharing our knowledge with our clients. We realize that sustainability goals vary broadly from project to project; while some projects are budget driven and look to meet the minimum requirements, others strive to push the envelope and achieve the highest certifications possible.
Whatever your goals may be, we’re here to navigate you through the complexities of regulatory requirements, distill the ‘acronym soup’ of the sustainability world into plain English, and help you reach your goals, on time and within budget. We are changing the marketplace, helping our clients construct durable, non-toxic and resource efficient buildings.
“We’re here to distill the ‘Acronym Soup’ of the sustainability
world into plain English and help you reach your goals,
on time and within budget.”
As CEO and Senior Green Building Consultant of Bright Green Strategies, Sharon works with diverse multi-party teams that often include architects, engineers, builders, and developers. She knows how to manage, coordinate, and lead teams toward meeting their sustainability goals. As one of the pioneering women in green building, she contributes to this constantly evolving field by
serving on committees such as the Zero Net Energy Project Advisory Group. Sharon holds the following certifications: LEED AP + Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, GreenPoint Rater, HERS Rater and Certified Energy Plans Examiner for both Residential and Non-residential buildings. She was awarded the GreenPoint Rater of the year award for 2012 from Build It Green.
Third-party certification is important because it creates accountability within the green building community. It provides a sense of trust between consumer and developer that the building is up to the sustainability standards being marketed. Each third-party seal has a set of values associated with it. We’ll help you determine which certification program is best for your project.
- LEED for Homes
- GreenPoint Rated
- Energy Star
- Specialty programs including DOE Challenge Home, EPA Indoor airPLUS, Passive House, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge
- HERS Verification for Rebates, Tax Credits and other Incentive Programs
LEED FOR HOMES PROVIDER
We provide oversight of the LEED certification process. We were selected by the USGBC because we have a proven record of supporting builders in the construction of high performance and sustainable homes.
Building performance testing provides verified third party assurance to the owner that their building will perform as designed. As part of the verification process, we’ll provide you with the most cost-effective options to meet your energy saving goals. If your building doesn’t meet the requirements necessary, we’ll diagnosis the problem and recommend which improvements need to made to meet your goals.
- Duct Leakage testing
- Air Infiltration testing (blower door)
- HVAC Airflow verification, fan watt draw, refrigerant charge
- Mechanical System verification for indoor air quality
We work one-on-one with construction teams to educate them on the project’s sustainability goals and construction standards. We distill complicated requirements into simple checklists so that expectations are clear. We’re here to work with the team throughout construction to make sure the building exceeds the expected design performance within budget.
Conventional building design usually takes a linear approach, moving from one team to the next. In the integrated design approach, all parties come into the planning process together, taking into account each team’s needs, expertise, and insights. Because sustainability goals and design principles are established in the beginning of the process, it allows teams to make adjustments according to those goals early on, to achieve synergies and savings during construction. We believe Integrated Design is a necessary component to achieving the highest standards for our clients, and we work with you throughout the process to keep sustainability goals at the forefront, and all teams working harmoniously.
“We work with you throughout the process to keep sustainability goals at the forefront and all teams working harmoniously. ”
With over 20 years experience in the green building industry we’ve worked extensively with all of California’s Energy Code regulations and understand how effectively they can be implemented on the construction side. With this valuable insight, we work with city governments to determine the effectiveness of incentive programs and can evaluate their green building ordinances.
With our state’s aggressive climate change goals, compliance with the California Energy Code can be challenging. We understand the uncertainty our clients face with increasingly more rigid standards. With preliminary energy modeling and optimization, we give project teams the information they need early on, allowing for inexpensive iteration and experimentation. With our experience we’re able to assist you in avoiding pitfalls and help you achieve your energy saving goals in the most cost effective way.
1717 Seabright Avenue, Suite 4, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
820 Delaware Street, Berkeley CA 94710
Santa Cruz: 831.454.9956
Bay Area: 510.863.1109