The LEED for Homes Reference Guide, a comprehensive tool for residential builders using the LEED for Homes Green Building Rating System, is now available for purchase online at www.usgbc.org/store. The Reference Guide offers over 350 pages of information, resources and standards for the LEED credits covered within the residential green home certification program.
LEED for Homes is a national, third-party certification program for green homes developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The rating program provides a framework for “whole building design” of homes that have lower utility bills, are healthier and more comfortable for the occupants, and are better for the environment.
Along with the availability of the LEED for Homes Reference Guide, homebuilders, architects and designers will now have access to a larger pool of local LEED for Homes providers. The network of homes providers recently doubled to meet surging interest. Currently 540 homes have certified under the LEED for Homes rating system and nearly 13,000 projects are under development.
The Reference Guide is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in April 2008. To purchase a LEED for Homes Reference Guide and view other publications for sale, visit the USGBC store at www.usgbc.org/store.
About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a national third-party certification system for leadership in green homebuilding. It was developed by USGBC through a consensus process that included leading building scientists, home builders, architect, and other diverse representation from the homebuilding community. LEED for Homes rates and certifies green homes based on six sets of criteria, including energy and atmosphere, water usage, sustainable sites, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and location and linkages. Additional consideration is given for extraordinary innovation. A comprehensive Reference Guide, instructor-led workshops, and online courses about LEED for Homes are available.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to include more than 13,500 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 72 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.