Over the last decade, mandatory or voluntary methods of certification of buildings have spread at both a national and local level in Italy. In order to evaluate their effectiveness in achieving an integrated design process, these methods have been analyzed. Then a number of direct and indirect features have been pointed out to foster the adoption of an integrated design approach and then compared. Due to the federal mandate of Italian Regions to define their own regulatory instruments, a large number of certification schemes have already been or are going to be developed in Italy. The most known national and local methods of certification of buildings are described in this document.