LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) homes are green homes, and they are transforming the residential market and people’s lives around the world. LEED homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities, and maintain their value over time. More than 131,400 residential units have earned LEED certification as of July 2017, and both certified single-family homes and multi-family projects are selling faster and for more money than comparable, conventional homes.
“Since 2005, the green share of new single family residential construction has grown dramatically—increasing from 2 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2013. This 23 percent market share equates to a $36 billion market opportunity,” according to a study on green labels in the California housing market.
Green homes create value
*About Green Homes," U.S. Green Building Council, 21 Sept. 2017, www.usgbc.org/articles/benefits-green-homebuilding