LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is the right fit for residential projects.
- Savings: A LEED home is designed to save energy, water, and therefore money.
- Health: A LEED home has been built to provide a healthy environment for families.
- Value: Data has shown that green and efficient buildings often sell for more, and in less time, than non-green buildings. "Yahoo! Study: American Dream Homes Turn Green." Yahoo! Real Estate, 2011
- Trusted: A LEED home is performance tested and green measures are third-party verified.
LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system for single and multifamily, affordable and market rate housing projects.
LEED for Homes promotes the design and construction of high-performance homes – energy efficient, resource efficient, and healthy for occupants. A home that achieves LEED certification has been designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants. It also has the potential to use 20-30% less energy—and some up to 60% less—than a home built to code. And less energy use means lower utility bills every month.
LEED certification recognizes and celebrates leadership in green homebuilding, and allows a builder to clearly differentiate their work. For the homebuyer, LEED is like the nutrition label that demonstrates in measurable terms that a home incorporates efficient techniques and features, and that the final product has been third party-verified and performance tested.
Builders interested in pursuing LEED for Homes certification begin the process by contacting a LEED for Homes Green Rater. Green Raters are local experts who conduct the on-site project verification services required for certification.
LEED for Homes Scoring Tool
Learn how close you are to earning LEED certification by using the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool.
Eligible building types
single family homes, low-rise multi-family (one to three stories), mid-rise multi-family (four to six stories)
LEED for Homes 2008View the credits
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