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Benefits of LEED for Homes

Benefits of LEED for Homes

What is LEED?
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED Health Benefits
Low and no V.O.C. interior finishes such as paint, floor finishes, formaldehyde free millwork reduce off gassing.

Direct vent fireplace units eliminate exposure to harmful carbon monoxide gas.

An open air atrium is placed at the home’s top floor. Also, referred to as the “light garden,” this space provides occupants with a connection to the natural and changing world. Rather than being isolated to internal spaces, occupants can now assume moderate interaction with outdoor conditions by means of “natural verification,” daylighting, and passive cooling.

LEED Environmental Benefits
LEED homes are thoughtfully designed to eliminate uncomfortable rooms.

Less construction waste, and energy efficient appliances, lighting, and equipment lower pollution and reduce impact on environment.

Rainwater harvested and stored for irrigation and low flow water fixtures reduce need for fresh water.

The roof terrace for this home is FSC certified - reclaimed ipe pavers assembled from cutoffs use material efficiently reducing strain on natural resources and forests.

LEED Economic Benefits
Durable structures that are built to last, with less maintenance.

Reduced electricity, natural gas, and water bills.

Increased appraised market value and utilizes energy tax credits.

Solar panels provide an onsite renewable energy source.

This home utilizes on-site renewable energy via solar panels, clerestory windows which automatically open and close to regulate interior air temperature, and provide deep daylighting to the home’s interior spaces.

LEED promotes integrated design
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.

The light shelves designed for this home reflect day light deep into the home, shade and cool the home in summer, and heat the home in winter. They provide occupants with a covered entry, and introduce habitable scale to a vertical facade.

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