Since we had our LEED design charrette and preliminary LEED rating filled out I have been thinking more about the entire LEED process and the certification system in general. As the whole green building topic has reemerged lately and grown in popularity, the government’s LEED rating system has become a hotly debated topic. Some avid supporters of sustainable design feel that the criteria is too lax while many from the building industry feel that it is too strict or unfairly weighted.
While it is not my intention to jump into this debate here, I would like to do my part by providing a bit more insight into the LEED for Homes process in language we can all understand. There are many people debating LEED and I sometimes wonder how many people participating or reading these debates have actually looked at a LEED guideline in detail. Most rating documents are over 100 pages and the LEED for Home document is not exception at 114 pages. While it may be interesting to me, it doesn’t exactly make great material for a Sunday afternoon read.
Part of the intent of this blog and this entire project is to document a case study of a modern and green home being built affordably. Achieving LEED certification and our path to that achievement is a big part of this case study so why not talk about it in more detail. Therefore over the next few weeks I will post about the LEED for Homes certification process and every aspect of the rating system that accompanies it in great detail as it pertains to our project. Hopefully this will be of interest to a few readers and I know we can all learn from these types of posts, especially me.
Posting starts tomorrow. Enjoy St. Patty’s Day and stay safe.
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