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Why BSAG?

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BSAG is an affordable, easy-to-use program for certifying green homes.  BSAG-certified projects exceed code in energy and water, are more durable, and promote a healthful indoor environment.  Each home is tested and verified.

Affordable

Certification fees typically range from $100 to $200 per project. Green building can be somewhat challenging at times, and we want to see you succeed! BSAG is your consultant during the entire process and provide any assistance necessary to help you meet the program requirements.   Service include, but are not limited to plan review, energy modeling, site observations, and consultation with your energy rater.  Services are covered by the plan review fee for each home.

Easy to Use

Each option of our program is in a checklist format – there is no need to determine specs from a long list of options.  Simply follow the checklist and when we verify, you have earned certification!  If, for some reason you are unable to meet one of the requirements, our certification staff will work with you to determine an alternate measure to use.

Earning a BSAG certificate qualifies your home for the CPS Energy Whole Home Rebate.  You can earn up to $1500 per home if you certify with Build San Antonio Green.

Our certification means your homes meet specific, high-performance requirements.  through a comprehensive program addressing all facets of green construction.   You demonstrate your home is more energy and water efficient, comfortable,  durable, and more healthful that a code-minimum home.

 

Certification Process

 It’s quick and easy to begin certifying your homes through Build San Antonio Green

First, become a member of the program.  Upon completion of the registration process, we will schedule an initial meeting to introduce the program and explain the entire process.

Submit your plans, Build San Antonio Green checklist and other pre-construction documentation.  Our certification staff will review to ensure compliance with our program.

During construction, we will perform two site observations – the first after insulation is installed and the second at completion.  We also work with you during construction – whether to assist in finding fixtures, or liaising with your energy rater, or even energy modeling, we provide any assistance and consultation necessary during construction.

Submit your final documents, including the results of the energy test, to Build San Antonio Green.  We will verify that everything meets our requirements and issue official certification.  You will receive a certificate, a homeowners manual, and the right to say you have crafted a Build San Antonio Green certified home!

 

 Information About Levels

New Construction levels are tied to City code, each one benchmarked a specific percentage beyond code.  Each level’s checklist is a prescriptive, best practices approach to achieving this performance. We have recently made changes to our program to reflect the City’s adoption of the 2015 IECC. If you have questions about what those changes mean please contact us for workshops or to make an appointment with Lina Luque, our Director of Certification.

  • Level 1 – 15% beyond code, ENERGY STAR
  • Level 2 – 25% beyond code, ENERGY STAR
  • Level 3 – 25% beyond code, ENERGY STAR, 75% energy from solar

Retrofit programs are designed to achieve a specific percentage improvement in performance.  For deep retrofits (down to the studs), use our Green Retrofit program:

  • Level 1 – 30% improvement OR HERS Index of 94
  • Level 2 – 50% improvement OR HERS Index of 85
  • Level 3 – 60% improvement or earning ENERGY STAR, 25% energy from solar

For newer homes, or homes that have already had some work, or other cases where it it not necessary to go down to the studs, the Energy Retrofit is a simple, affordable, and effective program for improving performance.  The majority of our retrofit certifications are obtained with this program.

For information about our Multifamily or Mixed Use Program contact us today!

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