Research Findings

Through its GA Certified Associate (GACA™) and GA Certified Practitioner (GACP™) exams, Green Advantage verifies individuals’ knowledge in best practices, techniques, approaches, and materials of green building. It also prepares field personnel to better meet environmental, productivity, efficiency, safety, and budgetary goals on projects. The outcome is healthier, higher performance buildings.

And there is research to back this up. A University of Florida pilot study found that LEED® projects utilizing larger percentages of Green Advantage certified workers are more likely to spot problems that would affect green building performance, identify cost cutting opportunities, and increase the prospects of attaining LEED certification at, or higher than, the level sought.[1]

Recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Building Certification, Inc., National Association of Home Builders, and other industry organizations, Green Advantage is applicable to multiple green building rating systems, standards and codes including:

  • LEED[2]
  • Green Globes
  • NAHB Green Building Certification
  • Passive House
  • Living Building Challenge
  • International Green Construction Code (IgCC)
  • ASHRAE 189.1.

While Green Advantage certification offers many professional benefits to individuals, teams, and companies to the delivery of high performance, healthy buildings, its most important and impactful benefit is the opportunity it provides to members of the construction trades to play a meaningful role in protecting and preserving the planet. By becoming GA certified you too are demonstrating your commitment and contribution to this vital effort.

[1]    30%+ of key supervisory personnel
[2]  Numerous projects have been awarded LEED Innovation Credits for utilizing Green Advantage certified personnel