LEED-Certified Homes: Just What Does that Mean Anyways?

Due to rising costs of energy and global concern about our environmental impact, more and more consumers have an eye on buying eco-friendly options, whether they ...

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LEED-Certified Homes: Just What Does that Mean Anyways?

Posted by Krista Kehoe on Friday, August 17th, 2012 at 3:47pm.

Due to rising costs of energy and global concern about our environmental impact, more and more consumers have an eye on buying eco-friendly options, whether they are small consumables or large purchases like a home.

But with the popular trend to be more ecologically-friendly, there has developed a trend of “green-washing”. This is the occurrence of items or features that are touted as being organic, made from recycled materials, or otherwise “Earth friendly” whether they really are or not; sometimes so called “green” features aren’t really green at all. When you are trying to make ecologically responsible choices it can be hard to choose which claims are most valid, this is why LEED certification is a great measuring stick for modern home buyers. In Calgary, you can find LEED homes or the related "Built Green" designation. 

LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) standards were created in 2000 by the US Green Building Council. The standards measure a variety of areas such as: sustainability of building sites, water use efficiency, energy use, materials, and indoor environmental quality.

One of the key benefits to the LEED program is that it provides objective verification of a home’s environmental health. With a self-moderated declaration of eco-friendliness, you can never really be sure about the truth of the claims; the LEED certification takes all the guess work out of your decision.

Buying or building a LEED home is a great investment for the future for a variety of reasons. They have less impact on the environment both in their construction and use due to materials chosen and energy efficiency. LEED homes can be better for your health because they have low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in their construction materials. Due to their energy efficiency, they are less expensive to heat and cool, thereby saving you money on your electrical bill. All of these reasons make LEED homes popular with many buyers, which can help to increase their resale value at a later date as well.

If you are interested in purchasing a Built Green or LEED Certified home in Calgary, contact Krista & Michael Kehoe for their experienced assistance.

Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®

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