Naive question on LEED certification
At the risk of sounding naive, I have a question on LEED certification. For the last seven years my wife and I have slowly renovated our home in the Chicago burbs. There was no master plan, I’m just OCD and need weekend projects to keep my hands (and brain) occupied. Seven years of weekends add up and our home is now transformed: All exterior walls are R25, roof deck is 7″ of CC sprayfoam (using low-GWP propellant), heating is hydronic radiant on 95% boiler, cooling is a Mitsubishi minisplit, basement has 2″ of XPS on every wall, every bulb in the house is LED, fireplace inserts to prevent air infiltration, rain barrel on every downspout, lawn is 7 years organic, and we compost just about everything. Even our house itself was probably saved from a landfill.
During this process I never thought about going for a LEED certification. I just enjoyed restoring an old home. But in retrospect, almost everything we did was with efficiency and conservation in mind.
This week I went onto the USGBC website to look at the LEED certification process, I can tell the process usually starts pre-construction and is an interactive process with a certified LEED auditor.
So I have two questions:
1) Is it naive to think that my home could achieve LEED certification?
2) Since 90%+ of the work is done, am I too late to pursue this?
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