Pearl Certification is dedicated to transforming the national housing market for good. 

We help homeowners while simultaneously partnering with businesses and public entities to build a market that rewards energy efficiency. This holistic approach increases both the supply of and demand for sustainable, energy-efficient housing, from now on.

How do we achieve this?

  • We qualify an elite network of contractors and real estate professionals.
  • These professionals improve home performance and ensure these homes are properly marketed and valued.
  • Together, we empower homeowners to increase the efficiency, health, comfort and resilience of their homes over time.
  • Homeowners maximize the value of their high-performing homes at the time of appraisal for refinance or sale.
At a Glance

Pearl at a Glance

Misson

Pearl Certification makes our global community a better place by giving homeowners tools to improve the health, comfort, efficiency, resilience and value of their homes.

Vision

Pearl Certification is the global standard for high-performing homes.

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Services

We provide third-party certification, homeowner information, business-building resources and more.

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Team

Our founders are subject matter experts who lead a top-notch crew of service-oriented professionals. Meet our team

Meet our team

Partners

We partner with industry-leading companies, nonprofits, public entities and trade organizations. See the roster of Pearl Certification Partners

Pearl Certification Partners

Location

You can find Pearl Certified homes from coast to coast and view by certification level. 

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Recognition

Recognition

Pearl is the only market-based firm approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to administer the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program for existing homes. Pearl has also been accepted into the National Association of REALTORS’® prestigious REACH Technology Accelerator, and we hold a licensing agreement with the Appraisal Institute to populate its valuable report.

Beginnings
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Pearl’s Beginnings

Years before they founded Pearl, Cynthia Adams and Robin LeBaron headed up different nonprofit firms with a shared goal: lowering U.S. carbon emissions by lowering home energy use. Robin’s research and thought leadership found an equally passionate business partner in Cynthia, whose willingness to pilot and implement innovative approaches to scaling residential energy efficiency helped set the stage for Pearl’s vision.

A weekend retreat in Aspen following a utility conference gave rise to Pearl’s business plan. Cynthia and Robin embarked on a fundraising journey while continuing to build out the algorithms for the certification system itself and creating software. In May 2015, they left their jobs to devote themselves full time to bringing Pearl to life.

Their previous work gave them a head start on building out Pearl’s staff, as some of its earliest members were colleagues from other firms whose reputations and industry knowledge would prove critical to Pearl gaining market traction and network partners.

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