When you’re building a new home, you’ll save money in the
long run if your home is built with
environmentally friendly, energy-saving products.
However, with so many choices
to make and so many bills coming
in, it is not always easy to know what
items are energy priorities and which
ones are just icing on the cake.
LEEDing by Design
To help homebuyers start with
an energy-efficient home, the U.S.
Green Building Council (
US-GBC) developed a rating system
called Leadership in Environmental
Energy Design, or LEED for short.
LEED promotes the design and construction of high-performance green
homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and
more comfortable for the occupants.
Benefits of a LEED home include
lower energy and water bills; reduced
greenhouse gas emissions; and less
exposure to mold, mildew and other
indoor toxins. According to the US-GBC, the net cost of owning a LEED
home is comparable to that of owning
a conventional home.
The LEED for Homes rating system measures the energy performance of a home in eight categories,
Earn enough points, and you can
certify your home at one of three levels—Silver, Gold or the highest level
possible, a Platinum Certification. To
build a LEED home, you must have a
LEED-certified builder or try to get
your certification after the fact.
Why should you consider building
energy-saving components into your
home? “Next to the mortgage, the
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