This week at Hammond Design Group we wanted to focus in on what a LEED Certified Home is, and why to design your home to be LEED Certified. LEED is known as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design which is the certification program for green building. This certification is designed to be flexible to allow more opportunities for all developments big or small to become more environmentally friendly. SO, WHO CREATED THIS YOU ASK? The US Green Building Council developed this classification system in order to promote green building practices in residential design.
Having a LEED BUILDING is actually different from having a Green Building! How you ask? A green building may have a low-flush toilet or maybe one or two solar panels on the roof but a LEED building is one that is green from head to toe.
Designing a building that is LEED Certified has many benefits.
- EVERY PART OF YOUR BUILDING WILL BE SEALED AND INSULATED (SAVING MONEY OF HEATING AND COOLING)
- LOW-FLOW SHOWERS, FAUCETS, AND TOILETS (SAVING MONEY ON YOUR WATER BILL)
- CLEANER AIR (USE OF NON-TOXIC CHEMICALS)
- BETTER VENTILATION WHICH IN RETURN IMPROVES THE AIR QUALITY
- BUILT CLOSE TO WALKING AND BIKE PROXIMITY
- HIGHER RETAIL VALUE AND SELL MORE QUICKLY
- LEED HOMES ARE LESS EXPENSIVE TO LIVE IN
The Fisher Residence is located in Tallahassee, FL and received Gold Level in March 2009 and achieved 76.5 points.