LEED for Homes
RHF is committed to reducing energy usage in our communities, that includes attaining LEED certification for newly constructed buildings whenever possible.
What is LEED for Homes?
LEED for Homes is a national, voluntary, rating system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC is a non-profit that promotes the design and construction of high performance green buildings and encourages the adoption of sustainable practices. LEED-certified homes are more durable, use less energy and water and provide improved indoor air quality resulting in reduced utility bills and increased occupant comfort.
For a project to earn LEED for Homes certification, it must meet requirements in eight different environmental qualities:
1. Sustainable Sites
2. Water Efficiency
3. Energy & Atmosphere
4. Materials & Resources
5. Indoor Environmental Quality
6. Locations and Linkages
7. Awareness and Education
8. Innovation in Design
For more information on LEED for Homes and the USGBC see http://www.usgbc.org/leed
RHF takes these requirements into consideration when developing an affordable housing project:
- Building located near plenty of public transportation options.
- Preferred parking provided for low-emitting vehicles.
- Very high density of units per acre.
- Located across from a large park with easy access for tenants.
- Very high-efficiency irrigation system.
- High-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
- 24% reduction in energy savings compared with Title-24 2008.
- High-efficacy lighting throughout the units.
- Re-use of existing building structure.
- 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills (% is pending. Might be more)
- ENERGY STAR appliances installed.
- Low-emitting paints and flooring