LEED for Homes

             
                                               

Green Insight's specialty is simplifying the certifcation process for you.  LEED for Homes certification is not "easy," as anything worth doing never is, but we are able to simplify as much as possible by:

  • Taking on as much of the documentation burden as possible
  • Traning project teams including owners, developers, architects, contractors, and subcontractors
  • Providing templates that make credit documentation easier and more understandable
  • Clear and consistent communication

About LEED for Homes

LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.  It is a points-based system that takes a holistic approach by including mandatory requirements and points in the following categories:

  • Integrative Process
  • Location & Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Material & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quallity
  • Innovation
  • Regional Priority

Benefits of Using LEED for Homes

LEED is designed to address environmental challenges while responding to the needs of a competitive market.  Certification demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately improve both building performance and the bottom line while providing healthful indoor spaces for a building’s occupants. LEED-certified buildings are designed to deliver the following benefits:

  • Lower operating costs and increased asset value
  • Reduced waste sent to landfills
  • Energy and water conservation
  • More healthful and productive environments for occupants
  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
  • Qualification for tax rebates, zoning allowances, and other incentives in many cities
By participating in LEED, owners, operators, designers, and builders make a meaningful contribution to the green building industry. By documenting and tracking buildings’ resource use, they contribute to a growing body of knowledge that will advance research in this rapidly evolving field. This will allow future projects to build on the successes of today’s designs and bring innovations to the market. 
(Source: USGBC.org)
 

LEED for Homes Certification Process

To earn certification, projects must meet the requirements of all mandatory measures (prerequisites), achieve enough points to meet or exceed minimum point floors for applicable credit categories, and earn at least 40 total points.  There are four possible levels of certification that can be achieved by exceeding the following point thresholds:
 
  • Certified 40–49 points
  • Silver 50–59 points
  • Gold 60–79 points
  • Platinum 80 points and above
Point floors are included in some sections of the rating system, setting a minimum threshold for number of points that must be earned in that particular section. Point floors are included in the following credit categories:
 
  • 3 points in Water Efficiency
  • 8 points combined in Location and Transportation and Energy and Atmosphere
  • 3 points in Indoor Environmental Quality

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Testimonials

Edward O. Paschich, Paschich Design Group

In 1976 I built my first house. It was a “Solar Adobe.” I went on to “Environmentally Responsible,” then to Tire Houses, Straw houses and even a small Daub and Wattle building pursuing Sustainable building.

Case Studies

Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority completed the first 111 affordable LEED for Homes units in the Santa Fe area – Villa Alegre Phase 1 and 2. The project broke ground in June of 2010 and achieved platinum certification in November of 2012. The... Read More