WHAT IS LEED?

LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

What Is LEED®?

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If you’re serious about healthy living for your family and having an energy efficient and superior quality home built far above the regulations of traditional construction, then a home by Terra Building Group is the right choice for you.

LEED is transforming the way we think about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe by conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation. LEED is helping to deliver energy and water efficient, healthy, environmentally-friendly cost saving buildings, homes and community strategies.

LEED-certified homes are designed to maximize fresh air indoors and minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, which means healthy living for your family.
LEED-certified homes are designed to save costly resources such as energy and water. On average, LEED-certified homes use 20 to 30% less, with some homes reporting up to 60% less energy use, than a home built to traditional construction regulations. Using fewer resources means lower utility bills each month and savings for you!
LEED-certified homes are third party inspected, performance-tested, and certified to perform better than a conventional home.
Green homes can be built for the same cost as conventional homes. And they’re resold for more money in less time than traditional homes in most cases. Making this happen for your project just takes proper planning.
Rating systems are groups of requirements for projects that want to achieve LEED certification. Within each of the LEED credit categories, projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points. The number of points the project earns determines its level of LEED certification.

Main Credit Categories:

  1. Sustainable sites credits encourage strategies that minimize the impact on ecosystems and water resources.
  2. Water efficiency credits promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption.
  3. Energy & atmosphere credits promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies.
  4. Materials & resources credits encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste.
  5. Indoor environmental quality credits promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views.
  6. Location & linkage credits encourage construction on previously developed or infill sites and promotes walkable neighborhoods with access to efficient transportation options and open space.
  7. Awareness & education credits encourage home builders and real estate professionals to provide homeowners, tenants and building managers with the education and tools they need to understand and make the most of the green building features of their home.

Bonus Credit Categories:

  1. Innovation in design or innovation in operations credits address sustainable building expertise as well as design measures not covered under the five LEED credit categories. Six bonus points are available in this category.
  2. Regional priority credits address regional environmental priorities for buildings in different geographic regions. Four bonus points are available in this category.