363HOUSE is a LEED registered project. We are on-track for a PLATINUM level certification – the highest attainable level (Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum). The rating system assigns points for a variety of factors. The minimum point total for Platinum is 84. We are currently in the running for 107 points. By the time we are finished, I suspect we will experience points erosion. I think we should end up in the mid-nineties, maybe higher.
So, you might ask, is it just about getting points???? The short answer is “yes”. But, there’s real stuff behind those points. The LEED rating system is good for raising awareness. Since it inception in 1993, LEED has done more than anything else to build awareness and knowledge of green building in this country (and abroad). In addition to “marketing”, the LEED for Homes rating system provides an objective framework for design, construction and verification of a high-performance house.
LEED for Homes rating system consists of eight categories: Innovation & Design, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness & Education. Each category has a variety of credits – some are prerequisites, some are electives. Prerequisites do not earn points, electives do.
Here’s more info from the LEED for Homes website at https://new.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/homes:
LEED for Homes is the right fit for residential projects.
- Savings: A LEED home is designed to save energy, water, and therefore money.
- Health: A LEED home has been built to provide a healthy environment for families.
- Value: Data has shown that green and efficient buildings often sell for more, and in less time, than non-green buildings.”Yahoo! Study: American Dream Homes Turn Green.” Yahoo! Real Estate, 2011
- Trusted: We’ve inspected, tested and given the green stamp of approval to every LEED home.
LEED for Homes promotes the design and construction of high-performance homes – energy efficient, resource efficient, and healthy for occupants. A home that achieves LEED certification has been designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants. It also has the potential to use 20-30% less energy—and some up to 60% less—than a home built to code. And less energy use means lower utility bills every month.
LEED certification recognizes and celebrates leadership in green homebuilding, and allows a builder to clearly differentiate their work. For the homebuyer, LEED is like the nutrition label that demonstrates in measurable terms that a home incorporates efficient techniques and features, and that the final product has been third party-verified and performance tested.
Builders interested in pursuing LEED for Homes certification begin the process by contacting a LEED for Homes Green Rater. Green Raters are local experts who conduct the on-site project verification services required for certification and performance testing.