A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. We have a LEED Green Rater * and two Certified RESNET HERS Raters on staff, and can work with our clients during the design and construction stages to make sure the home will qualify for one of the several green levels the USGBC LEED for Homes program has developed: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. It is important for anyone wishing to build a USGBC LEED home to meet during the design stage with a Green Rater to make sure that the building will qualify for the green level desired. All levels of USGBC LEED homes must achieve the US EPA ENERGY STAR certification. This is why the Green Rater must also be a Certified Home Energy Rater so that only one testing agent must be hired, the Green Rater, to conduct all the tests and to file all the required paperwork. In short, without the Green Rater, a home cannot become a LEED home.
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