Going Green? Know Your LEED Point Ratings For Homes

Reblogger Vanessa Hackleman
Real Estate Agent with Diamond Realty & Associates, LLC

Thanks Gary!

Original content by Gary Woltal 0575737

LEEDGoing Green? Are you thinking of building or buying one of the more trendy if not the way the world is going, GREEN homes? You know energy efficient, environmentally friendly? Well you need to know about LEED which is the certification they come with. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has emerged as the most important force in the accelerating market for green buildings by federal agencies. Under the LEED 2.0 point system for homes there are four levels of certification with 45-130 points. For commercial buildings by the way there are four levels from 26-69 points. The resource categories that are measured are

  • Innovation and design
  • Location
  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy and atmosphere
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor air quality
  • Awareness and education

The LEED point system for homes is

  • Certified: 45-59
  • Silver: 60-74
  • Gold:75-89
  • Platinum: 90-130

The average family spends $1,900 a year on heating and cooling and lighting and all electric and gas and oil. A family of four uses 25,550 gallons of water a year just to do laundry. We all can do our part to save on our bills and help the environment with newer homes and commercial buildings that get the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification. BTW, the new World Trade Centers will be platinum certified. From the past comes a new brighter future!! Go green, is not all about being Irish!!

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Wayne and Lynda Gomillion
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Vanessa, Thank you for the informative post.

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Green is the way to go!!

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