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USGBC Releases LEED Residential Report

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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The United States Green Building Council recently released a new report studying growing green trends in the homes market entitled, “LEED in Motion: Residential.”

According to the organization, the report shows that green, LEED-certified homes have grown 19% since 2017 and are at an all-time high with nearly 500,000 single-family, multifamily and affordable-housing LEED-certified units globally and more than 400,000 units located in the U.S.

“One of the most important investments a person will make is in their home, and the quality of these spaces can have a direct impact on an individual’s health and well-being,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC.

“As an industry, we want to find ways to raise everyone’s living standard, so we need to prioritize the construction and remodeling of homes so that they are not only environmentally friendly, but they also have the power to improve the quality of life for all human beings.”


The United States Green Building Council recently released a new report studying growing green trends in the homes market entitled, “LEED in Motion: Residential.”

The report also outlines the top 10 states for LEED-certified homes in the U.S. (Not to be confused with the USGBC’s previous top 10 state list for LEED-certified projects in general.)

In the residential list, California took the top spot with nearly 40,000 certified residential units. Second place went to Texas, which has 24,500. The organization notes that, on average, LEED-certified homes use 20-30% less energy than a traditional home, with some home owners reporting up to 60% savings.

The top states include:

  1. California, with 39,296 units;
  2. Texas, with 24,598;
  3. New York, with 10,876;
  4. Washington, with 10,521;
  5. Colorado, with 8,091;
  6. New Jersey, with 7,646;
  7. Ohio, with 7,402;
  8. Oregon, with 6,729;
  9. Maryland, with 5,966; and
  10. Georgia, with 5,891.

Leading LEED

In April, the USGBC released the LEED v4.1 certification, that it says recognizes leadership by emphasizing not only integrated design, social equity and human health factors, it also looks at performance monitoring.

For the residential market, LEED v4.1 combines aspects from four previously existing LEED homes rating systems—LEED for Low-Rise Homes, LEED for Mid-Rise Homes, LEED for Core and Shell and LEED for New Construction—to deliver three revamped rating systems, which include LEED v4.1 Residential: New Single-family Homes, LEED v4.1 Residential: New Multifamily Homes and LEED v4.1 New Multifamily Homes Core and Shell.

According to the Council, the updated rating system is designed to make the decision to implement LEED easier for residential projects. Now, LEED credits that have a higher value to home owners and residents are prioritized, such as health and well-being improved comfort, energy and water savings, green and healthy materials. Options have also been added to existing LEED credits that lower both hard and soft costs to achieve certification.

And just last month, the council announced a call for proposals to solicit ideas for the next version.

“USGBC created the LEED green building program 20 years ago to measure and define green building and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings,” the organization said.

“LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable.”

A “Future of LEED” education session is slated to be held at its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which is slated for Nov. 19-22 in Atlanta.


Tagged categories: Good Technical Practice; Green building; LEED; LEED v4; NA; North America; Regulations; Residential Construction; United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

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