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What is LEED for Homes?

*UPDATED* Homes Pilot Version 1.11a released February 1, 2007:
LEED for Homes Pilot Rating System Version 1.11a (PDF)
LEED for Homes Project Checklist Version 1.11a

Older LEED for Homes Pilot Rating System released September 8, 2005:
LEED for Homes Pilot Rating System Version 1.72  (PDF)
LEED for Homes Project Checklist Version 1.72

LEED for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of  high performance "green" homes. A green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. The net cost of owning a LEED home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.

The LEED Rating System is the nationally recognized standard for green building. LEED certification recognizes and rewards builders for meeting the highest performance standards, and gives homeowners confidence that their home is durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly

USGBC began the pilot test of LEED for Homes in August 2005. As of May 2007, about 375 builders representing 6,000 homes across the U.S. are participating in the pilot program, and over 200 homes have been LEED certified.  The pilot test will conclude in Fall 2007, and USGBC will launch the LEED for Homes rating system at that time. 

LEED for Homes Program Timeline
2000 - Development of LEED for Homes begins
August 2005 - Launch of LEED for Homes Pilot
March 2006 - First certified LEED for Homes pilot project
Summer 2007 - First public comment period
Fall 2007 - Launch of LEED for Homes (expected)

Build a LEED Home

Homeowners interested in buying or building a LEED home should contact the LEED for Homes Provider in their area. If there is not a provider in your area, please feel free to contact a geographically proximate provider. Additional resources:

Builders who would like to participate in the LEED for Homes pilot should contact their local LEED for Homes Provider to complete the Builder Agreement. LEED for Homes will be publicly released in fall 2007.
See Frequently Asked Questions for more details about the pilot program's goals, scope and requirements.

Affordable Housing

The LEED for Homes Initiative for Affordable Housing promotes sustainable building practices specifically for affordable homes. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to recognize and reward the intrinsic resource efficiencies of affordable housing within the LEED for Homes rating system. With generous support from The Home Depot Foundation, and in collaboration with other leaders in this sector, USGBC is working to develop appropriate tools, educational offerings, and technical assistance for the affordable housing market. USGBC is also partnering with Enterprise Community Partners to promote green affordable housing.

For the second year in a row, USGBC offered a workshop on green affordable housing at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo. On November 13, 2006, USGBC and The Home Depot Foundation, with additional support from Enterprise Community Partners, Global Green, and Southface, convened an affordable housing educational seminar and afternoon learning charrette.

Download the presentations from the morning seminar:

LEED for Homes Providers

List of  LEED for Homes Providers

In a new approach for LEED, LEED homes are rated by LEED for Homes Providers, local organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in their region's market.  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;
  • Training, coordinating, and overseeing LEED qualified inspectors and builder support staff.
For the pilot phase, USGBC has selected 12 LEED for Homes Providers in some of the country's leading housing markets. Providers have demonstrated outstanding abilities and have a proven record of supporting builders in the construction of high performance, sustainable homes. USGBC will be selecting new providers as needed after the national roll-out of LEED for Homes in fall 2007.

During the pilot, the LEED for Homes Providers will also be responsible for selecting appropriate pilot projects and verifying that the homes are built to meet the requirements of the rating system.  To sign up for the pilot, interested home builders should contact their local LEED for Homes Provider.

Every effort has been made to include a variety of geographic and population centers, but not every home builder will have local access to a LEED for Homes Provider during this initial phase of the pilot. If there is not a provider in your area, please feel free to contact a geographically proximate provider to discuss possible inclusion in the pilot.

Resources and Case Studies
Learn More
USGBC Members can get the latest updates on LEED for Homes by joining the LEED for Homes "Corresponding Committee" e-mail listserv via the Subscriptions section of Your Account. Corresponding Committee members receive Core Committee meeting minutes, monthly updates,  solicitations for input on select items, and announcements regarding LEED for Homes volunteer opportunities.

If you're interested in LEED for Homes but aren't a USGBC member, email homes@committees.usgbc.org to join our public announcement mailing list.

Contact U
For additional questions and information, please call LEED Customer Service at 1-800-795-1747 or e-mail leedinfo@usgbc.org.