LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water 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.
Making your home a greener place is a commitment – to yourself, your family, your community and the world. But more than that, it is a learning process. As exciting new technologies, products and scientific breakthroughs constantly emerge, staying educated on the hows – as well as the whys – of maintaining a green home is the best way to ensure your efforts are as effective and beneficial as possible.In a new approach for LEED, LEED homes are rated by LEED for Homes Providers – local organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in their region's market. A LEED for Homes Provider has three primary roles:
Marketing LEED to builders;
Providing green home rating support services to builders; and
Training, coordinating and overseeing LEED qualified inspectors and builder support staff.
For the pilot phase, USGBC selected 12 LEED for Homes providers in some of the country’s leading housing markets. Providers demonstrated outstanding abilities and have a proven record of supporting builders in the construction of high-performance, sustainable homes. During the LEED for Homes pilot, these providers were responsible for selecting appropriate pilot projects and verifying that the homes were built to meet the requirements of the rating system.
Homeowners interested in buying or building a LEED home should contact one of the LEED for Homes providers below. If there is not a provider in your area, please feel free to contact a geographically proximate provider. USGBC...