The U.S. Green Building Council received an early Earth Day present last week, as the 10,000th green home was granted LEED certification in Tacoma, Washington. The home is part of the Tacoma Housing Authority’s development called Salishan 7, a government subsidized housing project that is also part of the HOPE VI Redevelopment project to achieve LEED Platinum. The milestone is an important representation of the home building industry’s quest to create greener, healthier homes.
The construction of LEED certified multi-family and public housing project buildings is an important step in showing the rest of the industry just how important green homes are. The program has achieved the certifications of 10,161 homes in just over 2 years, since its inception in 2008, with 38,000 more in the cards. These homes are 30% more energy efficient than average homes, and affordably constructed.
Organizations such as McGuyer Homebuilders, and divisions of local Habitat for Humanity chapters, are recognizing the importance, and affordability, of building green and committing to LEED certification. With the help of LEED- educating organizations such as LEED for Homes Providers, a community of 400 LEED AP Homes credential holders, other organizations and builders can easily seek information on green building and regulations. There is even a web based application called LEED for Homes Scoring Tool, launched by the U.S. Green Building Council, where home construction companies can evaluate their own projects to rank its points toward LEED certification.
These tools and steps bring us closer to more and more green LEED certified homes. Hopefully home builders will soon employ the economic and environmental benefits to all home construction.
Via Earth Techling