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These days, luxury real estate buyers aren’t just looking for the latest amenities, breathtaking views and high-quality finishes. As we’ve come to expect more from our homes, it’s also necessary that they’re designed to minimize our impact on the environment, built using ethically-sourced materials, and provide a safe living space that’s free of harsh chemicals. If these characteristics are important to you, here are four certifications to look out for.

LEED Certification
The LEED program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is often considered the gold standard to measure just how eco-friendly a home is. For a residence to be certified, it must meet rigorous guidelines to promote energy savings, increase water efficiency, improve indoor air quality and reduce carbon emissions. Houses that hold this coveted certification undoubtedly have extra appeal in today’s real estate market.

Greenguard Certification Program
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a top concern when it comes to indoor air quality. These harsh chemicals, which are found in all sorts of building materials, electronic equipment and furniture, are believed to have adverse health effects. Fortunately, the Greenguard Certification Program tests for thousands of different toxic chemicals and only approves those that are proven to be safe to use in the home. 

Global Organic Textile Standard
The textile industry is particularly problematic, from high energy and water consumption to the use of carcinogenic chemicals during production. That’s why it’s important to ensure the linens, towels, rugs and window treatments in your home meet strict standards throughout the entire supply chain. The Global Organic Textile Standard does just this and delivers peace of mind for those who value social and environmental responsibility. 

Forest Stewardship Council
Everyone loves beautiful wood floors and finishes, but it’s necessary to make sure that the wood in our homes comes from forests that are being responsibly managed. Otherwise, we run the risk of losing natural habitats that are vital to the livelihood of countless species and help maintain a balanced ecosystem. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies that wood is sourced from a sustainably managed forest so that you can bring it into your home with a clean conscience.