Oregon Certified Master Home Builder
The Certified Master Builder award is a professional designation earned by meeting strict standards established by the State of Oregon that include:
- A background check on professional and business experience with local and state government agencies, prior customers, suppliers, subcontractors and lenders.
- Successful completion of a seven-week building codes and business practices study course (36 class hours).
- Passing the academic test administered by the Oregon Building Codes Division.
- Completing 15-hours of approved education classes and the building codes update course every three years.
The Certified Master Builder designation helps assure customers that Lifestyle Homes is among a select group of professional home builders who have reached a high level of professionalism by furthering their education, subscribing to the highest standard of business ethics, and passing the exam administered by the Oregon Building Codes Division.
Energy star certified homebuilders
The Earth Advantage® New Homes certification program is a third-party certification program for builders that helps them create energy efficient, healthy and resource-wise homes that add value for the homebuyer. The Earth Advantage New Homes standard requires projects to achieve a minimum number of points on a scoring sheet covering five categories over the course of two verification visits, including energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality, resource efficiency, environmental responsibility and water conservation.
Earth Advantage certified homes offer a healthier living environment. To promote health, builders use more sustainable materials and finishes that do not off-gas harmful fumes. They ensure that air is filtered before entering the home, that all gas combustion systems are sealed, and that the home is properly ventilated to expel any remaining harmful pollutants. Earth Advantage homes also protect the home against the health risks associated with excessive moisture. Techniques as moisture barriers combined with rainscreens reduce the risk of organisms supported by moisture and rot, including molds, fungi and pests. Air sealing the house promotes health by helping to prevent airborne allergens and industrial particles from coming in. Ventilation also improves the quality of air in the home and helps reduce spot moisture problems.
Northwest Energy Star Certified Home Builders
ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivering better quality, better comfort, and better durability.