The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.
LEED is a voluntary program designed to recognize and reward the nation’s top green builders in terms of environmentally sound construction. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
USGBC’s newest LEED® Rating System, LEED for Homes, supports the design and construction of high-performance green homes. LEED for Homes recognizes and rewards builders for meeting the highest performance standards, while giving homeowners confidence that their houses are durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for its occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower utility bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.
Initially, LEED focused on commercial buildings. In 2006, the USGBC introduced a pilot version of LEED for Homes. LEED certified homes offer significant benefits to its owners, including:
- Energy Savings (~30-70%)
- Water Savings (~40%)
- Improved Health: indoor air quality, safety, and thermal comfort
- Improved Durability and Value
- Homeowner Education
- Environmentally Responsible
LEED certification gives homeowners confidence that their home is durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly.
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