USGBC Launches Web LEED Scoring Tool

Builders wondering whether their new homes have what it takes to gain LEED certification glory now have a new tool at their disposal–the U.S. Green Building Council‘s (USGBC’s) new web-based application, the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool.

The USGBC is quick to point out, however, that the tool is not just for builders, but for anyone interested in exploring exactly how LEED scoring and certification works.

LEED Web tool

image via U.S. Green Building Council

“The LEED for Homes Scoring Tool will help fill in the gaps for home builders and home owners alike,” said Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development for the U.S. Green Building Council, in a statement. He goes on to note that the tool is simple enough that anyone can use it.”

The tool can be used in two ways. The first, known as the Quick Path, is intended for newbies to green building, allowing users to explore LEED and answer very general questions about green building, gaining an approximate certification level for a given building and a list of things that would be required in order for it to be in the ballpark for certification. The Credit by Credit Path more closely mimics the actual process used by the USGBC in ascertaining a building’s certification qualifications, calculating the points for each LEED credit category while making sure that all prerequisites are checked off.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.