LEED for Homes
LEED® for Homes
LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. LEED certified buildings use resources and energy more efficiently when compared to conventional buildings built to code, and provide healthier work and living environments. Homes built to LEED standards can provide improved indoor air quality, increased comfort, lower energy consumption, lower water use, reduced construction waste and a smaller environmental footprint.
The strength of the LEED for Homes program is its third-party verification through LEED for Homes Providers, like ECA, and the Green Raters who work for them.
LEED for Homes Providers are local and regional organizations chosen by USGBC to provide certification services to LEED for Homes projects in local or regional markets. A Provider performs the following specific services:
• Recruitment and registration of projects.
• Coordination and oversight of Green Raters.
• Certification of LEED homes.
• Quality assurance for the certifications.
• Coordination with USGBC.
A Green Rater is an individual who works as part of the LEED for Homes Provider team to perform field inspections and performance testing. All ECA Green Raters are certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
Green Raters may work closely with the individual project teams to assist the design and construction professionals in meeting their sustainability goals and LEED for Homes credit requirements.
[Link] ECA LEED for Homes Project Profile
[Link] ECA LEED and Energy Star Certified Projects
[Link] Information on the LEED for Homes Program