LEED Green Buildings

LEED Homes Rating System is a tool that classifies homes that are designed and built to be energy efficient, resource efficient, durable, cheaper to maintain, and healthy for the occupants. Rating system can be applied to single and multi-family homes, and is designed for both market rate as well as affordable housing.

LEED informs homeowners whether they have a high performing green home that costs less to operate.

LEED homes provide

  • Economic benefits due to lower energy and water bills
  • Environmental benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Environmental benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Quality of life benefits from more comfort and less maintenance
  • Health benefits from reduced exposure to mold, mildew and other toxins
  • Third party verification that a home has been inspected, performance tested and certified to meet LEED green building criteria

How does LEED for homes work

To become certified, projects must meet all prerequisites and a minimum number of points within seven credit areas: location and linkages, sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and homeowner awareness. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED certification the project receives. LEED homes are rated by LEED for Homes Providers – local organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in their region’s market. Providers are responsible for training, coordinating, and overseeing LEED qualified inspectors and builder support staff.

LEED and AA Designs

AA Designs certified the first LEED for Homes custom home in Southern California in 2009, and we currently have another home waiting for LEED for Homes Silver Certification. This custom residence is the product of the client’s desire to be eco-friendly by using cutting-edge technology that will provide them with durability and energy efficiencies. Please stay tuned for more information about this LEED Certified home that is scheduled to be completed soon.

To learn more about LEED certification please visit:

http://www.gbci.org/Libraries/Credential_Exam_References/LEED-for-Homes-Rating-System.sflb.ashx

For more information about LEED for homes please visit:

www.leedforhomes.org

http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=222&gclid=CMbQyI_YgK8CFcNdTAodQTRs0g

 

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