LEED for Homes

high performance, environmentally friendly

leed_homes_logo_colorLEED is a rating system that measures how green a building is. All around the world, LEED is the standard for green buildings: offices, hospitals, schools, stores – and homes. LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes, including affordable housing, mass-production homes, custom designs, stand-alone single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses, suburban and urban apartments and condominiums and lofts in historic buildings.

How does LEED make my home better?

going green has its benefits

  1. Savings: This home will save you energy, water, and therefore money.
  2. Health: This home has been built to provide a healthy environment for you and your family.
  3. Value: Data has shown that LEED buildings often sell for more, and in less time, than non-green buildings.
  4. Trust: The U.S. Green Building Council has inspected, tested and given the green stamp of approval to every LEED home.

the evolution of home building

LEED for Homes is the most established green building program in the marketplace and is the most difficult certification to achieve. LEED homes are green in every way, including:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Indoor air quality
  • Types of materials used
  • Thoughtful land use and landscaping
  • Educating homeowners on the home’s green features

What makes LEED different?

What do the LEED levels mean?

absolute minimum environmental impact

LEED is similar to a checklist, in that it sets targets and tracks progress during the design and construction of a green home. You can also think of LEED as a scorecard that gives a clear, concise picture of all the ways a green home performs, the levels being:

  1. Platinum
  2. Gold
  3. Silver
  4. Certified

the evolution of home building

  • Energy: Exceed local code energy requirements by at least 15%.
  • Water: Incorporate water efficiency measures.
  • Indoor Air Quality: Proper ventilation, implement high-efficiency air filters, and reduce moisture.
  • Materials: Minimize construction wast and use green products.
  • Land: Lot must take advantage of local resources and infrastructure.
  • Education:The builder must educate the homeowner or tenant on all of the green features of the home.

Emphasis on the entire home

The Benefits of a LEED Home