LEED Certification

The USGBC LEED for Homes Program

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international program of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) designed to promote sustainable building practices. LEED programs for various types of commercial and public buildings have been popular for several years. LEED for Homes┬ábegan in 2008 for single family and multi-family residential buildings. It is an attempt to provide national consistency in defining the features and performance of a legitimate “green” home.

LEED for Homes consists of a rating system which allocates points to measure overall performance of a new or substantially renovated house in eight categories:

  • “Innovation & Design Process” (project team organization and cooperation)
  • “Location & Linkages” (impact of the building site on the local environment and community)
  • “Sustainable Sites” (landscaping techniques and plant selections)
  • “Water Efficiency” (efficient water fixtures indoors, rain storage and irrigation)
  • “Energy & Atmosphere” (heating and cooling design, building envelope, lighting and appliances)
  • “Materials & Resources” (use of recycled, local and environmentally preferable building products, and minimizing waste)
  • “Indoor Environmental Quality” (avoiding indoor pollutants)
  • “Awareness & Education” (house operations manual and education, and promoting LEED awareness)