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Why LEED for Homes?
“A home that achieves LEED certification has been designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, and has the potential to use 20-30% less energy – and some up to 60% less – than a home built to the International Energy Code Council’s 2006 code. Less energy use means lower utility bills every month throughout the life of the house,” states the U.S. Green Building’s Council’s website.
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. LEED for Homes offers 4 certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. These levels are based on the number of points attempted for the project.
LEED for Homes was designed transform the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices. The program is collaborative and brings together all sectors of the homebuilding industry.
Although there are many other green homebuilding programs available, LEED for Homes aims to achieve a national consistency that defines the standards of a green home based on a consensus standard that can be met by anyone, anywhere in the country.
“The time has come to do more with less. As consumption habits of the developed world begin to overwhelm our planet and impact the entire globe, we have a responsibility to enact solutions and utilize our resources responsibly. That starts on the individual level. It starts at home.” LEED in Motion: Residential, USGBC 2014
For more information on LEED for Homes, please visit: http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/homes