Energy Audits, Home Performance Contracting, Green Building Certification

LEED for Homes

If you are building a new home or multi-family dwelling, you may want to consider the benefits of LEED certification. LEED (which stands for Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) is a title used to designate buildings that meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for environmentally sustainable construction.
Some benefits of LEED certification are similar to those of Energy Star® certification:

  • Lower energy demand and costs
  • Greater comfort and air quality in the home
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Increased resale value
  • Possible tax credits for builders

Additional benefits of LEED certification include:

  • Focus on sustainable design and construction
  • Ecologically sensitive site development
  • Commitment to environmentally responsible resource and waste management

To certify that a home meets the Council’s standards for LEED certification, it must be evaluated by an accredited Green Rater. The standards are based on a point system for everything from site selection to use of sustainably harvested wood and implementation of indoor environmental-quality measures. The number of points a building earns determines its level of LEED certification—from Certified to Silver, Gold, or even Platinum. Typically, Energy Star® certification is a prerequisite for LEED certification.
Horizon Residential is an approved third-party Green Rater for LEED certification. Our team works closely with homeowners, builders, and LEED providers throughout the building and certification process to help make sure your project stays on track and meets all LEED sustainability goals.

Please contact Horizon Residential and the Fore Solutions (the LEED for Homes provider in Maine) to learn more about LEED certification.