A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.
How Does LEED Make My Home Better?
Savings: This home will save you energy, water, and therefore money.
Health: This home has been built to provide a healthy environment for you and your family.
Value: Data has shown that LEED buildings often sell for more, and in less time, than non-green buildings.
Trust: The U.S. Green Building Council has inspected, tested and given the green stamp of approval to every LEED home.
What makes LEED Different from Other Green Programs?
LEED for Homes is the most established green building program in the marketplace and is the most difficult certification to achieve, for two reasons.
Comprehensive: Instead of focusing on just one area, LEED homes are green in every way:
- Indoor air quality
- Types of materials used
- Thoughtful land use and landscaping
- Educating homeowners on the home’s green features
Rigor: LEED is considered the most rigorous of all the available home programs.
It’s difficult to meet LEED’s requirements, and every home is inspected and tested to ensure that these requirements are met. There are no shortcuts!
What Do the Different Levels of LEED Mean?
(Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum)?
You can think of LEED as a checklist, in that it sets targets and tracks progress during the design and construction of a green home. You can also think of LEED as a scorecard that gives a clear, concise picture of all the ways a green home performs.
Higher-scoring homes within the LEED rating system earn higher certification levels (Silver, Gold, Platinum)
Any LEED home is a green, high-performance home. The higher levels represent exemplary per