Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What is LEED Home?

Boy this is a question that could take along time to answer. So this subject may take a few blogs.

LEED is an organization rating system.
"Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design"

The US Green Building Council is who regulates LEED.

There are so many things that go into a LEED rating system. LEED can be residential or commercial buildings. There is a scale that a building earns points for doing different things that will benefit the environment.

Example of items:
  • Heating system efficiency
  • Insulation
  • Quality of windows
  • Maybe using a 50 year shingle instead of 30 year
  • Light color paints for better day lighting in rooms
  • Collecting Rain water
  • Using building materials from local manufactures
  • Avoiding use of VOC products
  • Low flow shower heads
  • Using grey water again instead of sending down sewer
  • Not putting duct work in outside walls
  • Not using construction cavities for return air duct.(no panning)
  • Seal duct work through multiple methods. (Aeroseal, foil tape, mastek)

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