LEED for Homes, What Is It? Part 1 of 2 series.

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LEED for Homes, What Is It?  Part 1 of 2 series.


 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system designed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

LEED for Homes gives the architect, builder, homeowner a benchmark in to which they can implement practical and measurable green building design, construction, operation and maintenance in the residential sector.

There are numerous LEED certification programs for commercial building; New Construction, Schools, Retail, Core & Shell, Commercial Interiors, Building Operation & Maintenance and LEED for Neighborhood Development which we will not address in this article.

Why Green Homes?

Earth's population is growing, thus a demand for more natural resources which are in a finite amount. The EPA has done a study in the United States and building accounts for:

•Ø 39% of total energy consumption

•Ø 68% of electrical usage

•Ø 38% or carbon dioxide emissions (20.6% residential)

•Ø 12% water consumption (74% residential)

•Ø Building related construction and demolition approximately 160 million tons per year.

Green homebuilding promotes construction of homes that have higher performance levels, using sustainable building practices, renewable and recycled materials. The goal is to build a healthier non-toxic home, that last longer and cost less to maintain and operate.

LEED for Homes has five environmental categories, two specific categories for residential sector and an Innovation and Design category to address practices not covered in the five environmental categories.

•1.     Sustainable Sites

•2.     Water Efficiency

•3.     Energy and Atmosphere

•4.     Material & Resources

•5.     Indoor Environmental Quality

         Innovation & Design

•1.     Location & Linkage

•2.     Awareness &Education 

Rating and Certification of LEED for Homes is done by a third party called the LEED for Home Certification Provider (LEED Provider). The LEED Provider and as team of LEED Raters who conduct field inspections and performance testing and is independent from the construction of the project.

LEED certification is based on the scorecard of 18 prerequisites and 67 credits from the 8 categories above, in total 136 credit points are available. The certification levels are:

•·        Certified                    45 to 59  points

•·        Silver                          60 to 74  points

•·        Gold                           75 to 89   points

•·        Platinum                   90 to 136 points


How to start?

•1.     Contact a LEED for Homes Provider

•2.     Identify project team, architect, builder, landscaper, engineer, subcontractors before or at the beginning of design and location.

•3.     Preliminary Project Checklist

•4.     Decide on design and location

•5.     Build to stated goals, verify with Green Rater and Provider

•6.     Certify Home

•7.     Post certification education and awareness to public, PR and marketing.


This is just a brief over view of the steps and amount of work it takes. There are adjustments, verification procedures, calculations and more to work through. Every project is different, applying to different credits following different prescriptive and/or performance paths. Contact your local LEED Provider for more information, local LEED AP for HOMEs builder/architect or go to USGBC website. (LEED AP for Homes are professional credentials that specialize in design and construction of green homes accredited by USGBC).

  (click here to go to part two)


David Popoff is a license Realtor in Connecticut with William Raveis office in Darien

David is an accredited LEED Green Associate (LEED GA) by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) and a Certified Green Professional (CGP) of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) .

 David has over twenty-five years experience in residential construction and over twenty commercial and retail interior outfit/renovations projects completed.

  • Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, CAR.
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors, NAR.
  • Member of the Connecticut chapter (CTGBC).  
  • Associate member of the HBRA-Fairfield County, Ct. .
  • Contact David Popoff for all your real estate needs in Darien, New Canaan, Rowayton and other parts of Connecticut.
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great overview.  Looking forward to reading the next segment.  BTW, since you are positioned as the green realtor on here, maybe you can make it even more obvious on your profile picture.  I like the green leaves in the background, but if I didn't know you, I wouldn't have made the connection. Maybe you can add a LEED logo or green logo somehow and/or put a thick green frame around your picture.  Just a thought to further establish your equity and differentiation in the marketplace.

Dec 13, 2010 12:31 PM #1
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Excellent idea Debbie. I was using the blue from the William Raveis logo but you are so right, all those years in marketing pays off ~ THANK YOU


Dec 14, 2010 12:29 AM #2
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I am FEATURING this post at the Eco-All-Stars Group. Thanks for this run-down of what makes LEED Homes extra valuable today and tomorrow.

Dec 15, 2010 04:03 AM #3
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Wonderful !

Thanks JaneAnne, part two comes out Dec 16th.

Happy Holidays

Dec 15, 2010 04:25 AM #4
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

David, Great information, I am going to re-blog this series so my audience can have access to this.

Dec 16, 2010 12:39 AM #5
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