10,000 + green homes is nothing to sneeze at–especially when those homes are certified LEED, the internationally-recognized standard in green building. As of April 5th, the U.S. Green Building Council announced [PDF] that it had reached this landmark, signifying “the continued transformation of the home building industry[.]”
Since its launch in 2008 to the time when this story was written, a total of 10,161 homes have achieved LEED certification, and over 38,000 additional units are currently lined up to do the same. This, according to Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development for the U.S. Green Building Council, shows that LEED has become synonymous with “real” green homes. “Market leaders across the production, multifamily, affordable and custom home segments have recognized that there are green homes, and then there are LEED Homes, and they are acting accordingly,” he said, in a statement.
The 10,000th home to earn LEED certification–in case you were wondering–was the Tacoma Housing Authority’s 91-unit development known as Salishan 7 in Washington. This is the first federally-funded HOPE VI Redevelopment project to achieve LEED Platinum; it was built within an affordable budget and designed to be at least 30% more energy efficient than the average home.
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