Homes 2008 update: Public comment is open now | U.S. Green Building Council
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USGBC is addressing the changes made to energy codes over that last three years in the residential construction market sector with an update to the current version of LEED for Homes (2008). The first step in this process is a public comment period, open now through September 16, 2013, that presents all changes to the public for review and feedback.

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This update effects EA credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance in two ways.

  • It changes the threshold so that projects using LEED for Homes v2008 will need to earn a minimum of 13 points in the Energy & Atmosphere (EA) section for climate zones (CZ) 1-5, or 9.5 points for CZ 6-8.
  • Projects will need to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 70 or lower, or earn the equivalent number of points in the prescriptive path.

Let us know what you think

There are two ways to submit feedback:

Credit Library (Watch the how to video)
LEEDuser discussion forums


Summary of changes

Rating system document (clean)

Rating system document (tracked)


LEED is an internationally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. Updates like these help us ensure that LEED’s rigor continues to drive the market.

Learn more about the update process in the Foundations of LEED.

Remember, your membership needs to be current by September 1, 2013 in order to vote during the ballot period. Not sure if your membership is current? View your membership status »