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    What Makes a Home Green

    Green homes include measures that increase sustainability in six categories. Homes that emphasize only one or two categories might be energy efficient, or water efficient, but are not considered “green.” The six green categories are:  Location, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Materials and Indoor Environmental Quality.  Click here for more detail on each category.

    LEED® for Homes

    What is LEED

    The LEED for Homes rating system is a voluntary third party certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that promotes the design and construction of energy efficient, water efficient, healthier homes. These homes are also called "green homes" or "sustainable homes".  The rating system is appropriate for new single family homes, town homes, multi-family residences such as apartments and assisted living facilities.

    Getting Started with LEED

    Once you decide to certify your project, contact the green rater nearest you.  The green rater will provide you guidance on the process.  Additional information about getting started can be found in the USGBC Guide to Certification: Homes .

    How Much does LEED Cost

    The cost varies by project type.  Your Green Rater will provide you with the details.  In general a 2,500 square foot home will cost at least $2,500 to $3,000 for all costs associated with the registration, certification and verification.  Production homes may be as low as $500 per home.  Multifamily projects like apartments may be as low as $250 per home.

    Net Zero Building

    Net-Zero Energy is when a home or building makes as much energy as it needs to keep you comfortable and save you money!  Whether you are a homeowner, home builder, commercial builder or commercial property owner, you will find helpful tools and information at the Net-Zero Energy Building web page to help you build or renovate a net–zero building so you can be cash flow positive on day one  and secure your energy future.

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