What is a LEED certified home?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Certification occurs through the Green Building Certification Institute, an independent non-profit that was established in 2008 with the support of U.S. Green Building Council. The GBCI includes a network of ISO-compliant international certifying bodies, ensuring the consistency, capacity and integrity of the LEED certification process.
Participation in LEED gives building owners and operators an agreed upon standard of building, as well as the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to:
•Lower operating costs and increase asset value
•Reduce waste sent to landfills
•Conserve energy and water
•Be healthier and safer for occupants
•Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions
•Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities
Moreover, an organization's participation in the voluntary and technically rigorous LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
For more information about LEED, please visit the USGBC LEED Website here.