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"...you get the best value when you're designing this way (using the rating systems) with a green home, this intent to finding the most durable building materials and then also the types of equipment and finishes and so on, that will be as efficient as possible over the long term."
Alison Kendall is a California licensed Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction. She has a Masters of Architecture and Masters of City Planning from University of California at Berkeley, where she taught Environmental Design and Energy Efficient Architecture. She is also a GreenPoint Rater for New and Existing single and multi-family dwelling and a Building Performance Institute Building Analyst specialized in energy efficiency. She has taught sustainable architecture and planning to students and professionals in California and in France. She founded Kendall Planning + Design as Sole Proprietor in 1997 in the San Francicso Bay Area and relocated the practice to Santa Monica in 2003.
Alison discusses the purpose and benefits of the two primary rating systems, LEED and Green Point Ratings using the illustration of her current townhouse project in Culver City, what these certification systems address in their rating process.
We also discuss the challenges and prospect for the rating systems in the state and nation levels.