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This is part two of a series of articles about the U.S. Green Build Council's (USGBC) volunteer green build rating program LEED for Homes. LEED for Homes is made up of 8 categories, five are environmental, two are residential specific and the eighth one is about Innovations and Design. Each category carry credits that can be earned for green building and some categories have prerequisites that must be met. Below is a brief preview of each of the eight categories.
•1. Innovation & Design Process (ID) ~ total points available to earn 11
•· Integrated Project Planningintended to create an integrated and systems oriented approach to design and building. Then incorporating that with a Durability Management Process to promote durability and high performance and create a path to follow.
•· Innovative or Regional Designgives points to project teams to implement building practices, technology that is not currently in the LEED for Homes rating system.
•2. Location & Linkages (LL) ~ total points available to earn 10
•· Location and Linkage (LL) along with Awareness and Education (AE) are the two residential specific related categories. LL deals with site selection, neighborhood development and access to community resources such as public transportation, restaurants, stores, parks and public buildings.
•3. Awareness &Education (AE) ~ total points available to earn 3
•· Requires the project team to educate the owner and tenants on how properly to use the home and its green features, provides an owner manual.
•· Project team can do an open house to educate the public on green homes. If a building manager is involved provide education about operations and maintenance.
The next five categories are the environmental sectors.
•4. Sustainable Sites (SS) ~ total points available to earn 22
•· To design a site that minimizes adverse effect on the environment. Such as minimize damage to area during construction, prevent erosion, manage rainwater, landscape development to minimize water demand and invasive plants.
•· Manage and implement pest control alternatives, reduce heat island effect and promote community livability.
•5. Water Efficiency (WE) ~ total points available to earn 15
•· Use high efficiency fixtures, efficient smart irrigation systems and water reuse such as rainwater and gray water.
•6. Energy and Atmosphere (EA) ~ total points available to earn 38
•· Either a Performance or a Prescriptive Path can be taken to earn points. The performance approach partakes in the EPA's program Energy Star for Homes. The Prescriptive path breaks down the process by addressing insulation, air infiltration, windows, heating and cooling systems, water heating, lighting, appliances, renewable energy and residential refrigerant management.
•7. Material & Resources (MR) ~ total points available to earn 16
•· Address construction waste and reduction, material efficiency framing techniques, environmental preferred products such as FSC certified wood and using renewable and recycled products.
•8. Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) ~ total points available to earn 21
•· To promote improved indoor air quality and comfortably of the home. Issues addressed here are proper venting, moisture control, distribution of heat and cooling, air filtration, reduce airborne contaminants, radon protection and minimize garage pollutant into the living space.
LEED for Homes has a total of 136 possible points to earn from 67 different credits. There are a total of 18 prerequisites that must be met to earn certification. There are four certification levels in the program, the required points need to reach each level is:-
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