LEED for Homes Certification
What is LEED?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project (www.usgbc.org).
One of the LEED for Homes Certification prerequisites is to exceed ENERGY STAR standards for new homes.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy which provides qualification standards for new homes as well as strict energy efficiency guidelines for household products.
An ENERGY STAR Qualified home features the following:
1) Effective Insulation.
Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls and ceilings ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increas ed comfort.
2) High-Performance Windows.
Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep the heat inside during winter and outside during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
3) Tight Construction and Sealed Ductwork.
Sealing holes and cracks in the home's "envelope" and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility usage and maintenance requirements.
4) Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment.
In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. When properly installed in a tightly sealed home, this equipment actually works less and produces more when heating and cooling the home.
5) Efficient Products.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes are equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products such as lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fan s, and appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.
6) Third-Party Verification.
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details.
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About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 18,000 unit s have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 75,000 have registered and are in process. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations all sharing USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.