LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is made up of a collection of rating systems for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings and homes.
The categories in which LEED certified homes must perform highly in are:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor environmental quality
Additionally, homes that meet LEED certification must be built with a focus on the importance of transportation access, open space, and outdoor physical activity.
The intent of LEED certification is to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
This approach to home design is key to creating a home that is not only built to last, but is built to negatively impact the environment as well as the health of its inhabitants as little as possible.
The costs of running a home are many. A sustainably built home is one that is focused on reducing energy use which leads to long-term savings and responsibility, both financially speaking and in terms of environmental impact.