in Building a New Home
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.
reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and
less exposure to mold, mildew and other
indoor toxins. According to the USGBC,
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, including:
• Innovation & Design Process
awards credits for unique design
methods not currently addressed
in the Rating System.
• Location & Linkages awards
credits for home that are placed in
a socially and environmentally
responsible way in relation to the
• Sustainable Sites awards points
if the entire property is used to
minimize the impact of the project
on the site.
LEEDing by Design
To help homebuyers start with an energy-efficient home, the U.S. Green Building
Council (USGBC) 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;
2009 Ideal Living Ideal Home at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA