A LEED-certified home meets the eco-friendly building and design standards developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
A home that’s LEED certified improves the home’s energy and water efficiency, and reduces CO2 emissions.
All you have to do is upload your LEED Certificate within 14 days of buying your policy. Easy.
Chances are you know whether your home is LEED certified because it was likely a selling point! Compared to average homes on the market, LEED-certified green homes often cost 20 percent more. That’s because these homes must be designed and built for this certification from the outset of their construction.
While LEED certification for existing homes is possible, most homes must be gutted down to the studs or completely remodeled to qualify.
To get your eco-friendly home LEED certified, you must:
There are four residential levels of LEED certification depending on how efficient the home is:
Homes are scored based on:
The requirements are long and detailed, but the nice thing about a LEED-certified home? It uses 20 to 30 percent less energy than other homes. Plus, it increase the value of the home by about 4 percent.
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