Posted by: Roby Robertson | October 17, 2008

Lake Norman Real Estate, LEED Certification May Add Value to Your Home

Lake Norman Real Estate, Increase the Value of Your Home

Lake Norman Real Estate Leeds Certfication

What’s LEED certification? If you’ve never heard of this acronym, it may be time to familiarize yourself with this new environmental housing standard that’s spreading across the nation.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. As a third-party, green building Rating System, LEED has become a nationally accepted standard for environmentally friendly buildings. While LEED certified buildings promote an overall eco-conscious mindset, the focus is on five areas in particular—sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED certification is taking off with residential homes. According to the EPA, “indoor air quality is now two to five times worse than outdoor air quality.” This knowledge is prompting individuals to come to terms with indoor air pollution as a major health concern. To create healthier residential living spaces, consider investing your time and money in LEED certification. There are four levels of LEED certification for homes—certified, silver, gold and platinum—all of which are based on a point scale with a maximum of 136 points. Certification can be attained by application through the United States Green Building Council.    

The LEED home checklist covers everything from air quality to appliance efficiency. Here are some standards LEED lays out for those interested in becoming certified:

·        Reduced demand for irrigation

·        Drought-tolerant vegetation

·        High-efficiency fixtures and fittings

·        ENERGY STAR appliances

 ·       Radon-resistant construction

·        Effective insulation

Having your home LEED certified drastically cuts down on energy and water bills. It adds resale value to your home and helps the environment. Some individuals are apprehensive about financing such an expensive undertaking. But over time, the initial costs are balanced out by the money saved in utilities and resale.

For more information on how to “green” your home, check out Real Living’s Green Program or investigate USGBC’s Green Home Guide.

To become LEED certified, there’s a small fee for registration and another nominal fee for certification.

To access these rates and additional information, check out the U.S. Green Building Council’s Web site or contact your local Lake Norman Real Estate Agent at 704 451 7051 or by email!

See Also:

Be The First To See Lake Norman Hot New Listings as soon as they become available.

What would my Lake Norman Home Sell For?

Lake Norman Relocation, You Will Want to Consider It

Why Lake Norman is such a great Destination

Roby Robertson

 

Saving My Clients Thousands

Broker/Owner

 

Real Living In Style
Davidson NC

 

roby.robertson@realliving.com
www.LakeNormanRealLiving.com

 

Ph: 704 451 7051
Fax: 704 892 9766

Committed to Saving My Clients Thousands When Buying and Selling Real Estate


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