We’ve been paying close attention to our reader survey, and one emerging trend has been a loud and clear request for more information on how to better understand green building. In answer to your pleas — and since most of the Inhabitat team are LEED accredited designers — we thought it a perfect time to launch a new weekly column: Green Building 101

This new summer series, presented every Wednesday morning, will go over the basics of green building and offer tips and tricks for applying sustainable design principles to your home.

Why green your own home?

Benefits of a sustainable home include:

– Better health for you and your family
(You can alleviate asthma, allergies and other health problems caused by poor indoor air quality, sick building syndrome, and emissive paints, carpets and insulation)

– Savings on both energy bills and home maintenance.

– Reduced air pollution, water pollution, and solid waste
– making your neighborhood a nicer place to live

– Reduced greenhouse gas emissions – slowing global warming and making the whole planet a nicer place to live.

Organized around the U.S. Green Building Council‘s (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, Green Building 101 will cover all aspects of environmental design through LEED’s seven categories:

1. Location and Linkages
2. Sustainable Sites
3. Water Efficiency
4. Energy and Atmosphere
5. Materials and Resources
6. Indoor Air Quality
7. Innovation and Design Practice

Next week we’re kicking off the series with an introduction on location and community. We will feature different writers every week, and will hopefully touch on all the important elements of green home design.

Please let us know in the comments if you have any particular requests / questions / or topics you’d like to see covered in this brand new series.