What is LEED ?

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”). LEED helped us make 81 Brent both efficient and healthy.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification program, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance, increasing energy savings, water efficiency, and carbon emissions reduction, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts, and improving indoor environmental quality.

Using the green building tool and third-party verification process, 81 Brent reached the highest level on the rating scale, LEED Platinum.

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To learn more about the LEED process, and to see if your project meets all of the LEED Minimum Program Requirements visit the LEED for Homes website here.

What is LEED for Homes?

LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. LEED for Homes measures a home’s performance based on eight categories: site selection, water efficiency, materials & resources, energy & atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, location & linkages, awareness & education, and innovation. Within each of these areas, projects earn points toward certification. 

Each LEED-certified home undergoes onsite inspections and thorough performance testing to ensure proper performance. LEED for Homes is applicable to single family and multifamily homes and is intended for both market-rate and affordable housing.

Why should I build a LEED-certified home?

LEED certification recognizes and celebrates leadership in green homebuilding, and allows you as a builder to clearly differentiate your work. For the homebuyer, LEED is like the nutrition label that demonstrates in measurable terms that a home incorporates efficient techniques and features, and that the final product has been third party-verified and performance tested.

What is the difference between LEED for Homes and other green home programs?

LEED is a national, third-party certification system for green homebuilding. It is designed to recognize leadership, so the program is rigorous and focused on measurable results. LEED for Homes features lots of support for builders who choose to work with the rating system, including Reference Guides, instructor-led workshops and online courses. There are many other highly regarded local and regional green home building programs in the U.S. Each of these programs is unique, with its own specifications and requirements. By reviewing the checklists for LEED and other available green programs, you can choose the rating system that works best for your goals.

Who is responsible for rating a LEED-certified home?

Each LEED for Homes registered project is inspected by a LEED for Homes Green Rater under the guidance of a LEED for Homes Provider. Providers and Green Raters are local organizations and individuals with demonstrated experience with green building. A LEED for Homes Provider has three primary roles in a given market:

  • Marketing LEED to builders.
  • Providing green home rating support services to builders.
  • Coordinating a team of LEED for Homes Green Raters.

LEED for Homes Providers are located around the country and selected by USGBC through a periodic RFQ process to support builders through the LEED certification program.


Lifetime of returns

LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills by as much as 40%. Businesses and organizations across the globe use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies.

LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances. Not to mention they retain higher property values.


Need more information?

For more information, please visit www.usgbc.org/homes, or send an email at
Homes@usgbc.org, or call (800) 795-1747.