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What is LEED?

What is LEED?

What is LEED? The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildingsʼ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Who uses LEED?

Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials all use LEED to help transform the built environment to sustainability. State and local governments across the country are adopting LEED for public-owned and public-funded buildings. There are LEED initiatives in federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State. LEED projects are in progress in 41 different countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico and India.

LEED for Homes

LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.

LEED for Homes Rating System

For an overview of the LEED for homes program and how to participate in the program along with a project checklist, download the following document:

http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=3638 

Register Your Project

In order to register your project with LEED for Homes, you must:
1. Contact a LEED for Homes Provider.
2. Confirm with your chosen Provider that your project is suitable for LEED for Homes.
3. Upon receiving approval from a Provider, register your project with USGBC using the link below.
4. Your registration is not complete until USGBC has received payment.


Click here to register your new home construction project:

https://www.usgbc.org/Login.aspx?REFERRER=/Store/ProjectRegistration.aspx

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