Posted on July 22, 2014 by Jim Newman in Guest Blogs
There has been some heated discussion lately about how much energy LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify.
-certified buildings use. When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBCUnited States Green Building Council (USGBC). Organization devoted to promoting and certifying green buildings. USGBC created the LEED rating systems.) first came out with its Version 1 LEED Guideline in 2000, a building could earn LEED certification without any points in the energy section.
In the early 2000s, making a building more energy-efficient than the building codes was more of a challenge for architects and engineers than it is today. When applying for LEED certification, they would attempt the “easier” and often less expensive points available under other credits.