Developing Green Buildings
Sustainability is the future. Pennrose leads the way in the development of buildings that preserve our natural resources while providing efficiencies that create value. Green building is about reducing energy needs, lowering carbon footprints and preserving the quality of our communities.
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LEED for Homes is a voluntary certification and rating system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Pennrose participates in the LEED program for many of its developments. To be certified under the LEED for Homes program, a home must:
- Include several required green measures (“prerequisites”) (e.g., achieve energy efficiency at least 15%better than conventional homes).
- Include many additional green measures. These are chosen by the builder from a variety of optional measures (“credits”) to earn points. A project must earn a minimum number of points to achieve certification.
The program includes several additional requirements such as verification by a LEED for Homes Green Rater. The LEED for Homes Green Rate is not associated with the project team and s/he has training in verifying green homes. In the verification process, the LEED for Homes Green Rater confirms that:
- All of the required green measures are installed in the home (by visual inspection).
- The performance level of the home meets the program requirements (by physical testing of the home’s air leakage, duct leakage, etc.).
LEED-Certified homes are:
- Built to be energy-efficient, ensuring that the home can be comfortably heated and cooled with minimal energy usage.
- Individually tested to minimize envelope and ductwork leakage.
- Designed to minimize indoor and outdoor water usage.
- Predicted to use an estimated 30 to 60% less energy than a comparable home built to International Energy Conservation Code.
LEED for Homes projects must also meet ENERGY STAR for Homes, which can cut energy bills significantly. LEED-certified homes are also healthier for occupants because they must have proper ventilation, high efficiency air filters, and other measures to reduce mold and mildew.
For more information on the LEED for HOMES program, go to www.usgbc.org/LEED/homes.