The Following Article is from the Summer 2007 Newsletter
LEED for Homes is a green home rating system for ensuring that homes are designed and built to be energy and resource efficient and healthy for occupants. LEED can be applied to single and multi-family homes and is intended for both market-rate and affordable housing. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) originally developed the LEED green building rating system in 2000 for new commercial construction. Following LEED’s success in the commercial sector, USGBC began the pilot test of LEED for homes in August 2005. There are currently over 5,900 homes across theU.S.involved in the LEED for Homes pilot program and more than 200 that have already been LEED certified as a green home. The LEED for Homes pilot test will conclude in spring 2007 and USGBC will publicly launch the LEED for homes rating system in June 2007.
What is a green home?
A green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier for the people living inside.
What are the benefits of a LEED home?
LEED homes are safer, healthier, more comfortable, and more durable than conventional homes. The benefits of a LEED home include economic benefits such as lower energy and water bills; environmental benefits like reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and health benefits such as reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. Even better, the net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.
How can consumers compare green homes?
One of the many challenges faced by a home buyer is comparing a green home to another home. Any one home can be called “green,” but how does the homeowner know that it really is green? LEED certification is something that consumers can look for to readily identify green homes that have been third-party inspected, performance-tested, and certified to perform better than conventional homes. The LEED certification ensures that the home you are purchasing was designed to meet the highest standards and is operating exactly the way it is supposed to.
What are the benefits of LEED certification?
LEED certification is third-party validation of a building’s performance. LEED certified projects blend environmental, economic, and occupant-oriented performance. They cost less to operate and maintain, are energy- and water-efficient, have higher lease-up rates than conventional buildings in their markets, and are a physical demonstration of the values of the organizations that own and occupy them
SOURCE: U.S. Green Building Council website. Please go to www.usgbc.org for more information.