LEED for Homes
What is the U.S. Green Building Council?
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The mission of the USGBC is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
What is LEED?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
With nearly 9 billion square feet of building space participating in the suite of rating systems and 1.6 million feet certifying per day around the world, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated --- from individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED works throughout a building's life cycle.
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Developed by the USGBC in 2000, the LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. The next update of the LEED rating system, coined LEED 2012, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development cycle of LEED. To learn more about LEED, visit the USGBC website.
LEED and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.
Who oversees the LEED certification process?
The team at Bright Green Strategies managed the process of making Presidio El Camino be as green as it could be. With over 20 years of experience in energy efficient building design and planning, Bright Green Strategies has worked on on thousands of energy efficiency projects in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area. Since 2007, they have helped over 50 green building projects through the LEED for Home, GreenPoint Rated, and Energy Star New Home programs.