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LEED for Homes Benefits

LEED stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System which was designed to encourage, develop and expand sustainable green building practices through a national and international standard of criteria. It is a third party certification program, accepted nationally, with ongoing development by professionals involved in the green building community and overseen by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

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. A green home is not only good for the environment, decreasing the carbon footprint of the home, it is also good for the homeowner, both financially and physically.

Energy Savings
Green homes also positively affect the environment by reducing the amount of energy used up to 40%. Most sustainable green homes also use alternative sources of energy like the sun, wind, geothermal energy and biomass to further reduce their effect on the environment.

Month to month, green homes consume less energy and less water than standard homes, saving your wallet and the environment. Many insurance companies are also offering discounts on policies for green homes; and local, state and federal governments offer tax breaks and other incentives for home-owners.

Clean and Safe Air Quality
Green homes use toxin-free building materials which help combat indoor air pollution making your home safer for your health. Green homes also utilize natural ventilation systems as well as mechanical ventilation systems to filter and promote fresh air inside for better quality of life.

Less Wastage and Renewable Resources
Far fewer natural resources are used in the construction of healthy homes where rapidly renewable materials such as bamboo, hemp, agrifibers and soybean-based products are often used. And many green building materials use recycled content or salvaged metal. Whereas the construction of a standard 2,500-square foot home can create 2 tons of material waste that ends up in a landfill, green homes produce significantly less waste.

High Standards
LEED-certified homes are endorsed by the U. S. Green Building Council and guarantee that the home has been inspected by a third party and certified as a legitimate green home that will perform better than standard homes.

For more information, please visit www.usgbc.org/homes