Are you looking to build your own custom home that is healthier and more sustainable? LEED could be the answer for you. There are numerous benefits to building a LEED certified home from the ground up – including the lasting impact it will have on your home’s durability and value, and the environment.
Why should your new home be a LEED home?
- LEED homes are healthy homes – reducing allergens, and triggers for asthma and chemical sensitivity. They also use non-toxic materials that lower exposure to mold and mildew.
- LEED homes are thoughtfully designed to eliminate uncomfortable rooms. This is done by rewarding the proper balancing of the heating and cooling systems so that the ideal amount of heating or cooling is delivered to each room.
- Due to environmental efficiency measures built into these homes, you will achieve monthly savings on water and energy. For example, new owners can save on average $900 a year on water and energy bills for a 2,000 sq.ft. detached LEED Canada home located in Ontario. This represents $22,560 over the life of an average mortgage.
- LEED provides assurance that your home will perform as designed, to the most rigorous environmental standards. LEED homes are backed up by years of proven results – the CaGBC has certified millions of square feet and over 700 homes across every part of Canada.
- LEED Certified Homes may qualify for homeowners’ insurance reductions through the Co-operators Group and other provincial insurance groups.
Registering with LEED Canada for Homes also gives you:
- On-site advice that can help your builder build you the best home for your money.
- A pre-drywall inspection that can pick up issues early and allow prompt correction, and a final inspection that helps ensure the quality of the final product.
- Flexibility. LEED Canada for Homes has four certification levels (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum), allowing you to achieve the specific sustainability goals you have for your home.
- Simplicity. LEED Canada for Homes relies on people, not paperwork. The program has just three forms to be completed: a checklist, an accountability form and a durability form.
- Guidance. The LEED Rating System will act as a guide showing what steps and features can make your planned home much greener.