LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Estimates show that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2013, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings. LEED-certified homes provide 20 to 30 percent savings in energy and water use compared to code-built homes, and they maximize fresh air indoors while minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants. Projects that seek exemplary performance may elect to incorporate other high-performance features.
The LEED for Homes Program offer 4 certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Your project earns credits for specific items that are included in your home, and the number of credits (or points) that you get equals the certification level your home achieves. Every LEED home is throughly inspected and tested to ensure it meets the LEED standards. Remember, always use an experienced LEED Professional on your project.
Dave Robau, LEED AP