GREENER STOCK in Cincinnati, Ohio encourages homeowners to switch to the LEED for Homes rating system, which “promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes” (USGBC.org). This is one of the several LEED rating systems and is tailored to different building types and project scopes.
A project can achieve one of the four tiers of LEED certification (certified, silver, gold, and platinum). Certification is based on points awarded in the following eight categories:
Innovation and Design
Location and Linkages
Energy and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Awareness and Education
BENEFITS OF GREEN HOMES
Owners and residents of homes built to the LEED for Homes standards experience many benefits.
Some of these benefits include:
Proximity to employment centers, transit, restaurants, schools, and other community resources
Lowered household operation costs due to high-efficiency appliances, toilets, and building materials
Healthier air quality due to low- and no- VOC paints and materials
Highly durable and energy efficient finishes and floors
Owners and residents of LEED for Homes buildings can benefit from third-party performance testing as well as verification and certification. They can also be assured that their home is truly green.