Features and Benefits of LEED-Certified Homes
EDCO has recently constructed nine (9) single-family detached LEED Silver Certified homes on Ann Avenue, located in the Jubilee Community Neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. We are working together with the City of Dallas, Jubilee Park Community Center Corporation and Earth Day Texas/Trammell Crow to build these homes. The builder Woodmere Properties has constructed over 30 homes for EDCO over the past 10 years. Previously EDCO & Woodmere Properties collaborated on a LEED certified home on Claude Street in south Dallas. The following information about LEED for Homes and its numerous benefits was adapted from the USGBC Website, LEED for Homes section.
LEED-certified homes bring benefits that help residents, owners, and the planet:
• LEED homes are healthy homes – reducing allergens, and triggers for asthma and chemical sensitivity
• LEED homes use non-toxic materials that lower exposure to mold and mildew
• LEED homes are built to encourage a healthy lifestyle in walkable communities that provide alternates for dependence on personal automobiles.
Environmental Benefits of a LEED home
• Reduce the impact of a home’s construction
• Use less energy reducing pollution from fossil fuel sources
• Use materials more efficiently
• Integrate into their local environment
• Improves natural water hydrology
Economic Benefits of a LEED home
• Durable structures that are built to last, with less maintenance
• Reduced electricity and water bills
• Lower heating and air conditioning bills
LEED Homes help People, Planet and Communities
There are many green building rating systems available. LEED developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is one of these building rating programs. LEED is a nationally recognized, third-party certification system that is based on measurable results. As such, LEED recognizes the highest quality in green home building. For an average size home to reach the entry Certified level under LEED for Homes, 45 points are required – along with 18 additional mandatory measures that earn zero points; these are 18 strategies, measures and techniques that USGBC’s consensus committees felt make up the basics of good, green home building.
LEED for Homes requires that a home meets the performance requirements under ENERGY STAR for Homes as validated through measures, performance testing and often a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating verifying that it is at least 15% more efficient than an average, code-built home. This testing provides greater assurance that the home will perform as it was intended.
If you have questions on LEED-certification, let us know in the comments!