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LEED BD+C: Homes | v4 - LEED v4

Home size



Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by designing more compact living spaces.


Earn 1 point for every 4% decrease in conditioned floor area compared with the ENERGY STAR for Homes, version 3, reference home (Table 1). Buildings that are larger than the reference home lose 1 point for every 4% increase in conditioned floor area.

Projects cannot exceed the maximum number of points in the EA section.

Table 1. Conditioned floor area of reference home, by number of bedrooms

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 or more
Floor area (square feet) 1,000 1,600 2,200 2,800 3,400 4,000 4,600 + 600 ft2 per additional bedroom
Floor area (square meters) 93 148 204 260 315 371 426 + 55.6 square meters per additional bedroom

For multifamily buildings, home size includes only in-unit space.

Prerequisite required for all projects, whether they use the EA performance or EA prescriptive path
Prerequisite required for projects using the EA prescriptive path
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