The Benefits of a
Green homes -- such as LEED Certified homes -- can have myriad benefits for your family, your environmental footprint, and your wallet. Generally, green homes are more comfortable and durable, more energy and water efficient, and have
a smaller overall environmental footprint than conventional homes.
LEED Certified homes are energy efficient, conserve water and vital resources, and integrate environmentally preferred products into the design and construction of a home. A home that achieves LEED Certification has been designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, and has the potential to use 20-30% less energy (and some up to 60% less) than a home built to the International Energy Code Council’s 2006 code. Less energy use means lower utility bills every month throughout the life of the house.
The bottom line is that we spend at least
a third of our lives in our homes, and if you’ve been a stay-at-home parent or work from home, more than two-thirds. Our homes are the center of family life, rest and companionship. They are the focal point for sustainability and economic, human and environmental health.
Shouldn't that critical component of our lives be as healthy environment as possible for you and your family?
USGBC Affordable Housing
The USGBC strives to integrate the principles and practices of social and economic justice within those of sustainable building, a focus that helps ensure that low-income families will maintain access to ... click here to learn more.
Green Homes Stats & Facts
- The residential sector is responsible for 21% of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions.
- Building occupants use 12.2% of the total water consumed in the U.S. every day, 74.4% of which is used for residential needs.
- 43% of total building-related construction and demolotion debris is generated from residential sources.
- The green housing market is growing rapidly, having tripled since 2008. Green homes, which comprised 17% of new residential construction in 2011, are expected to increase by 29% to 38% of the market by 2016.
- Nearly 18,000 housing units have received LEED for Homes Certification, a number that has seen significant growth in recent years.
- Forty percent of LEED for Homes projects are classified in the affordable housing sector.
REGREEN Residential Remodeling Program
The American Society of Interior Designers' Foundation and the USGBC have partnered to launch REGREEN, the nation's first green residential remodeling guidelines. The guidelines are free to download and are full of best practices, case studies and other resources.