LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes is a rating system that rates the performance of sustainable "green" homes, which use less energy, water & natural resources; create less waste; and are healthier and more comfortable for the occupants.
Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy & water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. Typically, the net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home, though as resource costs become scarcer, a LEED home maintains its cost while non-LEED homes have a higher operating costs.
The LEED Checklist helps project teams track their credits against requirements for certification, and is available in PDF and Microsoft Excel versions. The cost of registration and certification for LEED can run $1000 per home.
To register your project with LEED for Homes:
Making your home a greener place is both a commitment and a learning process. As new technologies and products emerge, you should stay educated on the best ways to maintain a green home.
The LEED standards also can apply to remodelling. The American Society of Interior Designers' Foundation and USGBC have partnered to launch REGREEN, the nation's first green residential remodeling guidelines. The guidelines are free to download and are full of best practices, case studies, and other resources. Download the REGREEN Guidelines Today
The LEED for Homes Initiative for Affordable Housing promotes sustainable building practices specifically for affordable homes. This would recognize and reward the resource efficiencies of affordable housing within the LEED for Homes Rating System, and the rising demand for housing in transit-accessible and walkable or neighbourhoods can increase tenancy rates.