The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program.
LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants. Since the program's launch in 2008, more than 20,000 residential units have been certified, with nearly 79,000 additional units in the pipeline. Over half of all LEED-certified homes are in the affordable housing category.
‘There are green homes, and then there are LEED homes,’ says Nate Kredich, vice president of residential market development at the USGBC. ‘This milestone is evidence that the residential market is increasingly recognizing this fact. LEED for Homes is moving the residential market further and faster toward high-performing, healthy homes that save residents money.’