Green Design: Amazing LEED-Certified Homes

Today one of the fastest growing interior design treads is eco-friendly living. Homeowners want the place they call home to be a healthier for the environment and their family. There are many ways to make your home more sustainable, such as painting with low VOC paints or installing a tankless water heater. Many people ask how you measure how green your home is. One method to evaluate the level of sustainability of a home is the LEED for Homes.

What is LEED?

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the USGBC to give builders, designers and homeowners a framework to identify practical and measureable green building design and construction. LEED for Homes, according to the USBGC, is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. To learning more about LEED watch the video below about the benefits of building a green home.

What does a Green Home Look Like?

Now you may be asking what does a green home look like. And it does not mean all the rooms will be painted green. LEED-certified homes can, and do, look like any normal home. The difference is the materials, building systems and construction methods are executed in sustainable ways. To help you visualize what a green home can look like here are 5 completed LEED-certified homes from around the country.

The Yannell Residence – Chicago, IL

Yannell Residence - LEED-Certified

Yannell Residence - LEED-Certified

LEED Features:

  • LEED Platinum (highest LEED rating)
  • All recycled-content drywall
  • Used salvaged wood for ceiling
  • Reclaimed copper roofing and gutters

Margarido Home Northern California

Margarido House Exterior - LEED-Platinum

Margarido House Exterior - LEED-Platinum

Margarido House Interior - LEED-Platinum

Margarido House Interior - LEED-Platinum

LEED Features:

  • LEED Platinum
  • Zero VOC paint
  • Solar hot water
  • Green roof top garden
  • Automation feature to minimize energy use & maximize comfort and low energy

Athens HomeAthens, GA

Athens Home Exterior - LEED-Certified

Athens Home Exterior - LEED-Certified

Athens Home Interior - LEED-Cerified

Athens Home Interior - LEED-Cerified

LEED Features:

  • LEED Platinum
  • Increased day lighting
  • Recycled building materials
  • Cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation

Gardiner’s PathNorth Haven, NY

Gardiners Path Home Exterior - LEED-Certified

Gardiners Path Home Exterior - LEED-Certified

Gardiners Path Home Interior - LEED-Platinum

Gardiners Path Home Interior - LEED-Certified

LEED Features:

  • Solar roof
  • Energy Efficient HVAC
  • Water-saving technologies
  • Super-efficient icynene insulation

As you can see LEED-certified homes are not only beautiful inside and out, but are also good for the environment. If you are looking to buy, renovate or build a home consider ways you can reduce your environment footprint by incorporating methods of LEED design into your home. By doing so you will happy with the results and you will help make the planet we all call home a better place to live.

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Benefits of a LEED Home from U.S. Green Building Council on Vimeo.

Feature Image: Chicago Real Estate Forum & The Daily Green

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