Green Home Guide & LEED

As you know from time to time we come across a web site that we really like and add to our blog roll. And, when we do this we tend to tell you about it.

Our tip today is about the web site

This web site is operated by the USGBC, the U.S. Green Building Council. It is a site providing much information on ‘green’ homes, whether new homes under the LEED initiative or for renovated homes. The site starts right of the bat by stating:

“A green home incorporates smart design, technology, construction and maintenance elements to significantly lessen the negative impact of the home on the environment and improve the health of the people who live inside.”

It then proceeds to offer different areas of interest for the visitor relative to energy efficient homes including:

  • Green Homes 101 - Providing information and links to the benefits of an energy efficient home and links to financial incentives available
  • Green Home Checklist – A checklist and explanation of what to look for in an energy efficient home
  • Project Profiles - A listing of different project homes achieving differing levels of LEED certification

One of the projects profiled is the home in Westwego, LA which was renovated as part of an Extreme Makeover – Home Edition episode and achieved LEED-Platinum status, receiving 88.5 points out of a possible LEED maximum of 136 points.

One off the nice things about this side concerning energy conservation are the many downloadable documents available. Very nice.

Under the Resources link there are even more resources including interactive tools to help the visitor understand the impact of energy conservation in the home. The link in the Resources page we really like is the Videos and Slideshows where one can learn more about LEED homes.

The acronym LEED represents Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. I never knew that. Homes with a LEED certification are designed and constructed or renovated according to leading (sorry, no pun intended) energy and environmental conservation practices.

As well, LEED certified homes are per the web site “…third-party inspected, performance tested and certified as a truly green home that will perform better than standard homes” with respect to as I see it energy conservation, consumption of non-renewable energy resources and environmental friendliness.

There is a wealth of information for home builders, home renovators and every day home owners as well as apartment dwellers. Check it out. I am sure you will find something you will not have previously known and can help you make your current or future home more environmentally friendly (and save you money too! icon smile Green Home Guide & LEED ).

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