Residential strategies in LEED v4 | U.S. Green Building Council
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At Greenbuild Boston, learn how LEED-certified homes are designed for efficiency and resilience.

At Greenbuild Boston 2017, find out how LEED v4 is working to make homes more efficient and healthy for residents.

In the U.S., homes consume nearly 25 percent of the total energy used. The majority of that energy—about 80 percent—is used in single-family homes.

Residential strategies in LEED v4

Although overall residential energy use has seen an increase in the past 25 years, it has done so at a slower rate compared to the population. This offers an opportunity for progress in future residential development by decreasing total energy usage through increased efficiency measures. This is possible on a smaller scale, via retrofits and appliance upgrades, or on a whole-building scale, by pursuing LEED certification.

LEED-certified homes are also designed, constructed and operated in such a way that emphasize buildings’ resilience. A LEED home is developed with proactive design planning for the potential impacts of catastrophic weather. LEED has several credits in place that helps to ensure the resiliency of a project based on its location, namely:

LEED v4 also addresses environmental issues that are specific to a project’s location through Regional Priority (RP) credits. RP credits encourage project teams to focus on the priorities of their local environment, whether they are naturally occurring, like potential hurricanes or flooding, or manmade. Read more about RP credits in their database.

Join us at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston to learn more about what LEED can do to support sustainable residential development:

Session: Creating Disaster-Resilient Housing in East Boston

Thurs., November 9, 3–4 p.m.

This discussion will focus on how a residential development in East Boston was “built to last” rather that just “built to code.” Attendees will hear from developers on the benefits of embracing resilient design and how doing so can help change entire communities.  

Session: Reshaping Communities with Sustainable Affordable Housing

Fri., November 10, 1:305:30 p.m.

This tour of LEED-certified affordable housing developments across Boston will show attendees how projects can create open space and healthy living spaces for residents while keeping their costs low. These LEED residential projects were developed after overcoming various social, financial, regulatory and policy hurdles.

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