Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance. The five basic areas are: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.
Projects pursuing LEED for Homes certification accrue points for various green building strategies across several categories that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points earned, a project receives one of four rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
Our role in the LEED for Homes certification process is as the certified Green Rater as well as the Energy Rater. Combining a HERS Rating with the LEED program is a powerful way to increase points earned, there is a direct path to input the HERS Rating into the LEED calculations. Green Raters and HERS Raters share many common responsibilities, both are trusted third party verifiers who ensure compliance with their respective programs. As the Green Rater, we are responsible for:
- Assembling the Project Submittal Package and submitting it for certification review
- Verifying that the home is designed and built to the rigorous requirements of the rating system through onsite verification.
**Green Raters must be involved with the project from the design phase (prior to a preliminary rating) and throughout the construction process in order for the project to participate in the LEED program.