LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that strives to push the way we construct and design buildings. LEED certification can be applied to all types of construction models – building & design, interior design, building operations and even homes, requiring high standards on a building’s performance, water efficiency, and materials of which it is constructed.
There are four certification levels within the LEED certification program with the highest certification level being “Platinum”. The more credits obtained within its seven rating categories – Location and Transportation, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation – the higher the certification level achieved.
Is it worth it to pursue the LEED building certification program when designing your home? We actually do not recommend it. We do however, recommend considering LEED qualifications without the certification process, and to design the house to be built per the LEED standards. The certification process incurs such a considerable amount of resources with documentation requirements that having the LEED level “status” is most likely not worth your time and money.
If your goal though in the end, is to build a sustainable and green home, we can help you, LEED certification or not. Contact us at 303.444.5380 or firstname.lastname@example.org for your green building needs.
Learn more about LEED at the USGBC website – http://www.usgbc.org/leed