Green Building: LEED Certification

LEED certification program is launched by the US Green Building Council in February 2008. You can't learn about Green building by reading a single article, a book or a set of manuals as the standards for green building are evolving as more people get involved.

Green Building Goals

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it is a set of rating systems for the design, structure and function of high performance green buildings, homes and nearby establishments. Green building is known for commercial buildings - schools, healthcare, retail, etc however it is now available as a program for single and multi-family housing.

Potential environmental effects, human advantages and even homeowner education are the basis of the point system of the LEED. The point system comprises:

Energy efficiency - this must go beyond any local code requirements by at least 15% including the home's envelope and duct work, plus inspections during construction.

Water - the standard low - flow showers and toilets are required to meet the water efficiency requirement.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) - sufficient ventilation, high-efficiency air filters and methods of reducing moisture to lower the risk of mold or mildew must be met in the home construction standards.

Building materials - if possible minimize construction waste and use eco - friendly products and materials like low or no VOC paints.

Sustainable sites - surveys at the home location, local resources and infrastructure usage including landscaping, i.e. minimizing water usage.

Green education - A homeowner's handbook and education on green features in the home should be provided by the builders.

Benefits of Green Building

Green homes do not only consider the house but they are also looking at how close houses are to community resources and infrastructure like grocery stores, doctors offices and retail shopping as cars also impact the environment.

One of the benefits of green homes is that they encourage homeowners to use less energy, water and natural resources. They also focus in indoor air quality to promote a healthier environment for the people living in the house.

Green Building in the Future

We will get used to green building and green homes as new products, materials and building techniques enter the market. LEED is just one of many green campaigns focused on new construction.

If you like to do green building, you might want to ask a contractor who has an experienced in green building especially on LEED certification so you can achieve your goal.

Tina Gleisner, founder of the Association of Women Home Owners connects homeowners with concepts, terminology and advice to build homes that support today's lifestyles. Through the library and directory at, you can LEARN more about how to maintain and repair your home and more.


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