Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a voluntary certification program developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) which promotes sustainable building practices in all types of construction projects. The LEED rating systems establish a benchmark for high performance, energy efficient and sustainable buildings and provide a framework to evaluate and verify a building’s performance. HFHMGC is a national member of the USGBC and participates in educational seminars to keep abreast of the ever-increasing standards of sustainable building practices. HFHMGC has a staff member who holds the LEED AP for Homes designation.
The LEED for Homes program is a voluntary certification program that verifies that a home has been designed and built to high durability, sustainability, and efficiency standards. The LEED for Homes program mirrors some of the very basic goals of HFHMGC:
- Promote affordable, durable, efficient housing.
- Reduce impact of construction on the environment.
- Reward smart design and construction methods.
- Conserve materials and resources.
- Consider long-term durability of home.
- Build homes with healthy, clean air.
- Verify new homes are highly energy efficient.