The Bay Area Green Business Program serves small to medium-sized businesses in the nine Bay Area Counties.
We have standards for auto services, printing, hotels, restaurants, landscape design and maintenance, remodeling, garment cleaning (wet cleaning or CO2 systems exclusively
), dentists, wineries, janitorial services, offices and retail shops.
Other businesses may be eligible. Contact your county coordinator
for more information.
Use the links below to learn more:
Becoming a Green Remodeler
"Green Fusion is proud to be a Certified Green Business—clients recognize the logo as a sign that Green Fusion walks our talk. Being a part of the Green Business program gives us the credibility our clients are looking for. Green Fusion is all about making smarter choices in our living environments. The Green Business program's Mission to help businesses become healthier and more sustainable is in lock step with our mission. Being a Certified Green Business helps businesses prosper not just from the recognition, but from the healthier environments this creates and the knowledge that we are part of the solution."
—Greg Snowden, Owner and Founder of Green Fusion Design Center in San Anselmo
How can remodelers "green" their businesses? First bring their operations into compliance with all environmental regulations, then adopt pollution prevention and resource conservation practices. The program checklists offer a variety of options for meeting program
standards. Here are some examples of what you can do.
Top Ten Green Remodeler Practices
- Obtain industry specific "Green" credentials, which demonstrate your
training in environmentally preferable building and remodeling practices.
Excellent references for such practices are the Home Remodeling Green
Building Guidelines and New Home Construction Green Building
Guidelines. You can find these publications at
Green Business certification requires licensed contractors and architects
to have one of these credentials:
- Certified Green Building Professional or
Green Points Rater, Build It Green,
- Green Building Professional Certificate Program,
Sonoma State University,
- LEED Accredited Professional - Building Design & Construction; Interior Design & Construction and/or Homes, U.S. Green Building Council,
- Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Sustainable Building Advisor Program, www.BayAreaSBA.org
- HERS (Home Energy Rating Services) Certification from
California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA),
CalCERTS, www.calcerts.com; BPI, www.bpi.org;
or California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services (CHEERS),
- Incorporate wording into your company's mission statement, materials and
project estimates that conveys your company's commitment to being green.
- Offer clients "green" building and materials optionspromote these
options to all clients.
- Encourage clients to leave in place as many building components and
fixtures as possible (such as high quality surfaces and bath fixtures).
- Make energy efficiency a top priority in design, materials and equipment.
For example, upgrade wall and ceiling insulation to exceed Title 24
- Design/specify renewable energy sources such as solar electric systems.
- Use/specify "green" materials. For example, use durable flooring
that wears well and does not require rapid replacement or specify
- Protect the health of building occupants. Use low VOC and
formaldehyde-free building components. For example, substitute standard
particleboard with formaldehyde-free alternative materials for panels,
millwork and cabinetry. Another idea is to use low- or no-VOC paints.
- Design and build for water conservation. For example, use a water catchment
basin to collect water for landscape irrigation or pre-plumb for a
- Conserve materials through reuse and recycling. For example, use aluminum
scaffolding instead of site-built wooden scaffolding. Try outsourcing materials
for reuse by others or using materials salvaged from others.