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LEED for Homes Overview

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LEED for Homes is a green building rating system designed to encourage and reward the design and construction of residential projects – large or small, single- or multifamily – that incorporate a range of green features. LEED Homes must include a number of “prerequisites,” features that must be included for a home to represent leadership practices.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED for Homes projects are rated in the categories listed below and incorporate the mandatory features shown for each. Projects must also incorporate a number of optional measures in order to earn certification.

There are four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each higher level requires earning 15 additional points, starting at 45 points for a home of average size. Smaller homes require fewer points, larger ones must earn more.

Innovation and Design Process (ID)

Location & Linkages (LL)

Sustainable Sites (SS)

Water Efficiency (WE)

Energy & Atmosphere (EA)

Materials & Resources (MR)

Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)

Awareness & Education (AE)

 

For more information:

Download the LEED for Homes Rating System

Find out how your project scores in the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool

 

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About the author

green building consultant; owner/founder, Design AVEnues LLC

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., LEED AP, is a leading green building consultant, speaker, teacher, and author. Her recent work and award-winning book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, focus on net-zero energy homes. Ann has taught for groups including AIA, USGBC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Ann’s consulting clients include major builders, software companies, design firms, developers, public agencies, utilities, investors, and homeowners. She has held key roles on numerous award-winning residential projects of all types.

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