What is LEED?

Energy efficiency and sustainability are priorities for WIN’s housing development work, and our new construction is built to LEED standards.

How does a home become LEED certified? 

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program is a certification process established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify green homes.

Nine key areas measured by LEED:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Location and Linkages
  • Awareness and Education
  • Innovation in Design
  • Regional Priority

How do LEED homes benefit homeowners?

LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LEED certified buildings can reduce energy and water costs as much as 40% and using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month.

Your home may also qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates and zoning allowances.  For example, LEED certified homes in the City of Cincinnati are eligible for a 15-year property tax abatement.  And in many markets, certified green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes.