WHAT IS LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the world's most widely used green building rating system. LEED certified homes provide green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and performance to be healthy and cost-efficient. Launched by US Green Building Council, the rating system was designed to guide green buildings for all sectors and stages of development. LEED for Homes Rating System is part of the comprehensive tools by USGBC to promote sustainable home designs. LEED for homes is a collaborative initiative that works with all sectors of homebuilding.
The LEED Rating System is a green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance. LEED provides building owners, design teams, and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
LEED is structured to motivate us to build higher performing homes and engage in a set of goals that are being accomplished. LEED is organized to promote action in 6 key areas, known as credit categories:
Under each of these credit categories are a collection of mandatory and optional strategies. Mandatory strategies are deemed "prerequisites" for entering the system, while optional strategies are referred to as "credits". Each prerequisite and credit has a stated "intent" and a set of requirements. To achieve certification, projects must document compliance with all prerequisites and a sufficient number of credit requirements to amass 40 of the available 100 points in LEED. These points generate four levels of LEED certification:
BENEFITS OF CW CUSTOM HOMES AND LEED