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LEED® for Homes

LEED® for Homes is a voluntary rating system for single and multifamily, affordable and market rate housing projects.

Overview
About LEED
Eligibility
Green Raters
Resources

Understanding LEED for Homes

The LEED Rating System is the nationally recognized standard for green building. LEED certification recognizes and rewards builders for meeting the highest performance standards, and gives homeowners confidence that their home is durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly. The LEED for Homes program was developed for builders seeking to build certified high performance green homes that go beyond energy efficiency to incorporate a high level of sustainability features. Building a project that is LEED for Homes certified offers a distinct mark of excellence that can serve to highlight the builder’s experience. For the homebuyer, LEED is like the highly recognized nutrition label that demonstrates in measurable terms that a home incorporates efficient techniques and features, and that the final product has been third party-verified and performance tested.

The U.S. Green Building Council created the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program as a national third-party certification rating system that recognizes leadership in green building. LEED was introduced in 2000 and incorporates commercial, neighborhood and residential construction certification rating systems. The LEED for Homes program started as a pilot in 2005 and was launched as a fully chartered program in 2008.

LEED for Homes Raters and Providers

Each LEED for Homes registered project is inspected by a LEED for Homes Green Rater under the guidance of a LEED for Homes Provider. Providers and Green Raters are local organizations and individuals with demonstrated experience with green building. A LEED for Homes Provider has four primary roles in a given market:

  • Marketing LEED to builders
  • Providing green home rating support services to builders
  • Coordinating a team of LEED for Homes Green Raters
  • Submitting and certification of the project with USGBC
  • Earth Advantage is the sixth largest LEED for Homes program provider in the country, helping builders and designers to achieve certification for high performance home projects all over the Western United States and its territories. Earth Advantage has assisted project teams in achieving certification in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana and Tennessee.

To learn more or sign up, please contact Randy Hansell or visit www.usgbc.org/homes for further information.

LEED® for Homes

The LEED Rating System is the nationally recognized standard for green building. LEED certification recognizes and rewards builders for meeting the highest performance standards, and gives homeowners confidence that their home is durable, healthy, and environmentally friendly. Earth Advantage Institute can help guide you through the LEED for Homes program. The side links are intended to support you throughout the certification process.

Our Role With LEED and USGBC

Earth Advantage Institute provides verification services related to the LEED for Homes program. As a LEED for Homes Provider, we posses the experience and expertise to assist project teams in the construction of high performance, sustainable homes. A LEED provider has several roles in the community they serve:

  • Helping builders to register their projects with USGBC
  • Performing the preliminary review of a project’s LEED documentation
  • Conducting field verification inspections and performance tests
  • Assisting in assembly of project documentation
  • Training, coordinating, and overseeing green raters and builder support staff
  • Submitting documents necessary for LEED certification Providing green home rating support services (Home Energy Rating System [HERS] ratings and program inspections) to builders

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Is My Project Eligible?

LEED for Homes addresses more than just single family residences. Eligible project types include low-rise multifamily (1-3 stories), mid-rise multifamily (4-6 stories), mixed use projects, production building and townhome projects, dormitories, and gut-rehab. Look here for further details about eligibility guidelines.

Affordable Housing

LEED for Homes is accessible to affordable projects as well! 40% of all LEED certified homes are considered affordable projects. 

Pricing

LEED for Homes has two fee structures. A Provider fee is paid to Earth Advantage for verification and program support by the project team. A separate set of fees is paid directly to the USGBC for registration and certification services. For a schedule of USGBC fees, please click here.

In Oregon and SW Washington: Please contact your local representative for fees and services specific to your project and location.

Single-family, custom, production, town homes, and multifamily projects are priced uniquely per unit or building. Please contact your local representative for details.

For projects outside of Oregon and SW Washington: please contact a Remote Rater in your region for a quote. 

What Is A Green Rater?  

LEED® for Homes is structured differently from the other LEED rating systems. Homes relies on third party on-site verification and performance testing to ensure successful completion of measures. Because of this, the USGBC has developed the role of the green rater to help project teams achieve certification.

A green rater is an individual who has completed rigorous training to become qualified to inspect and verify LEED for Homes projects. This individual has extensive knowledge or the green residential building industry, is usually trained as an Energy Star rater, and may also be a trained HERS rater. A rater may be an employee of a Provider organization or they may freelance with multiple providers depending on project type and location. A rater works directly with architects, builders, and homeowners to ensure the successful implementation of LEED measures to enrolled projects.

For qualifications and information on how to become a green rater, please visit the USGBC.

We Can Help You Find a Rater in Your Area

Earth Advantage Institute (EAI) is a LEED for Homes program provider working with raters around the country. Raters work with builders, designers, and homeowners throughout the LEED process to ensure certification. As a LEED for Homes provider, EAI possess experience and expertise to assist project teams.

Remote Raters

California
Bay Area
Beyond Efficiency, Inc.
Katy Hollbacher
415-236-1333
katy@beyondefficiency.us
View one of our projects.
Berkeley
Home Energy Services
Steve Mann
805-503-9553
info@HomeEservices.com
San Francisco
Strategic Green LLC
Kirk Russell
510-528-1846
kirkruss100@gmail.com
North California Coast
Redwood Energy
Michael Winkler
707-822-1857
michael@redwoodenergy.net
redwoodenergy.net
Santa Cruz
Bright Green Strategies
Sharon Block and Pete Kennedy
831-454-9956
sharon@brightgreenstrategies.com
pete@brightgreenstrategies.com
steve@brightgreenstrategies.com
Pacifica
Design AVEnues
Ann Edminster and Jenny Levinson
650-355-9150
ann@designavenues.net
View one of our projects.
Los Angeles
VCA Green
Moe Fakih
714-363-4700
mfakih@vca-green.com
Los Angeles
GreenForm 
Christine Magar
323-464-2002
cmagar@greenform.net
Florida
Fort Myers
North Bay Energy Services
Paul Rosen
239-293-8180
par@northbayenergy.com
Hawaii
Honolulu
Pacific Sustainable Building Science
Mitchell Johnson
808-521-7283
mitchell@pacificsbs.com
Idaho
Boise
OnPoint, LLC.
Tad Duby
208-407-5414 
tad@onpointadvantage.com
Coeur D'Alene
Anderson Consulting
Peter Anderson
208-664-1187
p.anderson.consulting@gmail.com
Sun Valley
Vital SPEC Inc.
Jolyon Sawrey
208-720-6315
jolyon@vitalspecinc.com
View one of our projects.
Montana
Bozeman
RESNET KWA
Casey Dudley
406-581-6875
casey@resnetkwa.com
View one of our projects.
Southern Oregon
Southern Oregon Green Rating Services LLC
Fred Gant
541-840-8302
fredgant1@gmail.com
Washington
Seattle
Conservation Services Group
Tom Balderston
206-363-1815
tom.balderston@csgrp.com

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Please download the following documents to learn more about the program. Unless otherwise indicated documents are in PDF format which requires the Adobe Reader to view. You can download Adobe Reader »

Documents

FAQ

LEED for Homes FAQ
LEED for Homes Provider FAQ
LEED for Homes Builder and Developer FAQ
LEED for Homeowners/ Buyer FAQ

Process Overview

LEED for Homes Workflow

Checklists and Rating Guides

LEED for Homes Rating Guide
LEED for Homes Checklist (Excel)

Multifamily Mid-rise
LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-rise Rating Guide
LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-rise Checklist (Excel)

California Checklists and Rating Guides

LEED for Homes California Rating Guide
LEED for Homes California Checklist (Excel)

Multifamily Mid-rise
LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-rise California Rating Guide
LEED for Homes Multifamily Mid-rise California Checklist (Excel)

Case Studies

Carmel Passive House
Merritt Crossing
Savier Street Flats


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