The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance sustainable buildings. In order for a building to become LEED certified, it must meet certain prerequisites and achieve specified performance levels to qualify for rating points. CertainTeed is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and supports the LEED program.
LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a standard for 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. The 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. In addition, a LEED rating can give homeowners confidence that their home is durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly.
Before a home can be LEED Certified, it must meet the standards set by the USGBC. Individual products are not LEED Certified, but choosing environmentally responsible products can contribute to the overall LEED points gained on a project. LEED Certification standards for homes include:
Location and Linkages.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Materials and Resources.
Energy and Atmosphere
Innovation and Design Process.
Total Possible Points
*Based on LEED H, Version 1.11a, January 2007