No. Indoor airPLUS is not a comprehensive green building program because it is specifically focused on indoor air quality. However, Indoor airPLUS is a companion label to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program and homes that receive certification are also more energy efficient. To improve the value proposition for consumers, builders can also easily incorporate the EPA WaterSense certification to reduce residential water use indoors and out to create a healthier home that’s also more energy and water efficient.
Indoor air quality is a vital aspect of green building - all green buildings should be healthy buildings. Therefore, EPA urges all green building program participants to participate in the Indoor airPLUS Program. EPA is working with green building programs to meet shared goals, and major green building programs already incorporate some Indoor airPLUS features. For example, the National Green Building Standard incorporates aspects of Indoor airPLUS into their program, and the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program recognizes Indoor airPLUS qualification as an alternative path to achieving EQ credits toward LEED certification. Additionally, the Indoor airPLUS qualification is a prerequisite to earning the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification as well as PHIUS+ certification through the Passive House Institute US.