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Our Mission

Earth Advantage is a Portland-based nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate the creation of better buildings. We provide knowledge to building professionals and information to consumers through certification, research, education, and product development to move the building industry towards more sustainable practices.

Our Core Values

We Live and Breathe Sustainability
We practice what we teach, and teach what we practice.
 
We focus on the We
It’s not about us. We believe in the power of collaboration, partnerships and superior customer service.
 
We Believe in Action Now
We guide the building industry by meeting people where they are and providing a roadmap forward.
 
We Put Transparency First
Remaining open about our activities is critical to building trust.
 
We Are Practical Visionaries
We believe solving big problems requires multi-disciplinary, holistic thinking that is firmly rooted in economic reality.
 
We Believe in Our People
We recognize our strength lies in the diverse background and experiences of our team, and therefore we are dedicated to persisting a rich, healthy, and happy internal culture.

The Five Pillars of Earth Advantage Certification

  • Energy

By using high-performance equipment, increased insulation, and proper framing techniques this home’s monthly energy bills can be significantly lower than those of a traditionally built home, saving you money from the day you move in. The home’s reduced energy needs will generate fewer carbon emissions and require less fossil fuel. Comfort is also improved by comprehensive air sealing of the home, which reduces drafts.

  • Health

Indoor air quality is paramount to overall health. This home contains fewer products that outgas harmful chemicals. Earth Advantage certified new homes also incorporate a fresh air ventilation system that reduces airborne contaminants, diminishing the chances of allergies, asthma, and other more serious health risks.

  • Land

Practices used during the construction of this home diminish land degradation and deforestation, promote healthy landscapes, reduce waste, and prevent potential erosion associated with lot development during the construction process.

  • Materials

Home construction and upkeep depend heavily on natural resources. Renewable materials are preferred. The use of locally manufactured products is encouraged because they are environmentally responsible. Construction methods must ensure that materials are properly installed to achieve their optimum service life. Durability is a key green building goal. This helps the environment by reducing the amount of future materials needed to maintain the home.

  • Water

By using water-wise technologies that help lower utility bills, this home reduces the total amount of water needed to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. The process of purifying and supplying potable water consumes a substantial amount of energy; so reducing water use reduces the overall energy use associated with the home. Water shortages are a primary concern in the 21st century, and Earth Advantage certification addresses water conservation needs.

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