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History Lesson: The U.S. Green Building Council and the Beginning of LEED Certified Homes
December 22, 2016
A big part of our business is being LEED Certified. The U.S. Green Building Council started LEED. See Alternate Energy Construction’s blog for more info.
The History of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Origins of LEED Certified Homes
Alternative Energy Construction has made strides to make sure we are qualified to build LEED Certified homes. When a home is LEED Certified you know that it’s energy efficient and sustainable. But how did the LEED certification process come to be? The U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC, created LEED in collaboration with a large amount of the building industry. They are constantly making sure the LEED process is up to date and innovative. In turn, we make sure our buildings are constantly up to date with the latest green building trends and technology.
Who Is the U.S. Green Building Council?
The U.S. Green Building Council was established in 1993 by founders Rick Fedrizzi, David Gottfried, and Mike Italiano. They started their non-profit organization with the goal of promoting green and sustainable practices in the construction industry. In 2000 they revealed their new green rating system, LEED. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and they are the gold standard for rating how green a building is and it’s sustainability.
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to collaborating with industry experts to continuously improve the best methods to create green and sustainable buildings. With LEED they have created the best third-party certification system possible. LEED is recognized worldwide as a market leader in green construction practices. So when your home is LEED Certified you know that it is being held to the highest standards.
LEED was created by the USGBC in order to new monitor green building projects in all phases of development. As the project completes, points are gained toward a total score. These points are then tallied to give the new building a LEED rating of Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. When a home has been LEED Certified, you can take comfort in the fact that it is much more sustainable and energy efficient than a home built with typical construction methods. Your home will also make less of a footprint on the environment.
How You Can Own a LEED Certified Home
Alternative Energy Construction is proud to be able to work with you in making your home LEED Certified. We strive to stay up to date with all of LEED’s constantly evolving standards and best practices. We make sure to innovate our process at the same rate as LEED and build our homes to last a lifetime. With our help, we can give you the green home of your dreams.