Owner-builders and renovators looking to “build it green” (and take LEED certification) now have a new tool at their disposal, courtesy of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Home Depot. The tool is www.LEEDHomeDepot.com, a special microsite within Home Depot’s online presence that offers a comprehensive list of building materials and systems sold at the ubiquitous big box home improvement store that can help buildings meet the standards for LEED certification.
The microsite currently features 2,500 products sold at Home Depot geared toward green home building, many of which may contribute towards earning LEED points and prerequisites under the LEED for Homes program. This, of course, is designed to make it easier for homeowners and builders to find the products they need (and to purchase them at Home Depot).
“The LEED green building program helps homeowners measure green home performance across a range of categories, and products play an important role in achieving certification,” said Nate Kredich, vice president of Residential Development at USGBC, in a statement. “This database represents just one of the many ways in which The Home Depot is advancing sustainable, efficient and healthy homes by supporting green building and green products.”
It’s a move that makes good sense for Home Depot, as the green housing market has tripled since 2008 and green homes, which comprised 17 percent of new residential construction last year, are expected to increase by 29 to 38 percent of the market by 2016, according to recent report by McGraw-Hill Construction.
Home Depot has also made some green moves in recent years by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to support the nationwide market for affordable green housing, and stocking iconic eco-products like wind turbines and LED light bulbs.