Go green and get LEED certified
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:40:09 PM
Green, sustainable or energy efficient – regardless of what adjective you use, the conservation movement is becoming increasingly popular. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that over 20,000 homes have now become LEED certified. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which launched in 2008, is a globally recognized standard for energy- and resource-efficient buildings.
"There are green homes, and then there are LEED homes. This milestone is evidence that the residential market is increasingly recognizing this fact," said Nate Kredich, USGBC’s residential market development vice president, according to Residential Architect. "LEED for Homes is moving the residential market further and faster toward high-performing, healthy homes that save residents money."
The integration of energy-efficient designs to meet LEED requirements has rapidly increased. According to the USGBC blog post, it took 31 months to complete the first 1,000 homes. However, as the program developed and builders and property owners alike grew more interested in the initiative, it took only 13 months to build 10,000 homes.
Property owners can use home improvement financing to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Incorporating simple changes such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), new insulation technology and reduced-water use appliances can help a home become green.