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For its August issue, Vanity Fair surveyed 90 leading architects,

Cheap Green: Home Rating Systems

By Kate Galbraith

Building a green home, with features like solar panels and top-of-the-line insulation, involves significant up-front costs.

Added onto that is the cost of certifying your home — a stamp of approval that the home meets green standards.

Some architects and builders voice concerns that LEED for Homes — a relatively new expansion of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design brand, which has largely been concerned with commercial buildings — is expensive and involves too much paperwork.

Local programs, they say, are cheaper and sometimes better suited to regional needs

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The New York Times
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