Thursday, October 17, 2013

What's LEED All About, Anyway?..The skinny on Sustainable homes

What's LEED All About, Anyway?

If you're looking for a sustainable, energy-efficient home, look into LEED certification. Learn about the program and its rating system here

How can you tell the difference between houses that look environmentally friendly and ones that actually are? Home certifications can help. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is just one certification that helps all sectors of the home-building industry use some of the best methods of sustainable design and construction.

Your first two questions about certification are likely going to be, "What's in it for me? and "How much is this going to cost?" Let's look at some of the basics.
8. Awareness and Education (AE)

Points available: 3

Points earned for: Educating the homeowners and passing on knowledge about sustainable home building.

Things to keep in mind: A sustainably designed home has limited impact if you don’t know how to use it. As with any other product, your home should come with a user’s manual. Responsible owners of LEED-certified homes understand how the path of the sun affects the heat gain in their home, understand the importance of a durability checklist and understand the need to be familiar with their home's systems.

For an additional credit, you can then “pay it forward” by passing that information and knowledge on to others.
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