Benefits of LEED Certified Homes Benefits of LEED Certified Homes
Today's buyers looking at homes in their local area have a lot to choose from. Homes and other properties generally differ according to age and the building standards that were in place when the building was produced, or when it was last renovated. However, some properties are now showing specific improvements over “code built” standards with programs such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED program, established by the United States Green building Council. Here are some of the benefits of looking at homes that include LEED certification.
Third Party Inspections
LEED certified homes are built to specific standards required by the USGBC. Many of these standards provide big improvements from those of a local building code. Buyers of LEED certified homes know that they have been vetted by groups with a high and sophisticated standard for good construction and design. LEED certified homes are “performance-tested” to ensure that the energy savings and other targets are feasible according to the construction of the property.
Lower Energy Bills
LEED certified homes comply with the national Energy Star program created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This leads to reduction in energy and water bills for occupants of these greener properties. These reductions in utility expenses, along with some improvements in overall maintenance needs, can produce a lot of savings for a household over time, while helping to conserve fuel and resources, and promoting environmental conservation.
Less Risks of Certain Toxins
Part of the overall focus for LEED certified homes is also on human health and comfort. Agencies like the United States Green Building Council look at what's called VOCs or volatile organic compounds and target them for elimination in building standards. VOCs are often found in paints and similar home materials. Part of the process involved in LEED standards is identifying sustainable materials and those that do not contain classes of VOCs. In this way, the USGBC advocates for better human health as well as conservation. LEED certified homes are often more resistant to some traditional harmful elements as well, including mildew and mold.
Improved Resale Value
As more and more consumers recognize the value of LEED certification for a home or property, those containing standards for this kind of accreditation will be likely to become more valuable over time. A LEED certification can be presented to a buyer as a guarantee that the home meets the specific criteria mentioned by the USGBC for health, comfort, safety and sustainability.
These are just some of the main values of LEED certification for a home or other property. Take a look at the specific standards that the USGBC promotes, and think about whether you want these qualities in your next home. Look for all of the various levels of LEED certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum, and the levels of construction improvement they provide. LEED-accredited professionals can assist you in choosing an existing LEED certified property or in setting targets for bringing your own existing home up to LEED certification standards.