FSEC has been chosen to administer the U.S. Green Building Council’s
LEED for Homes program in Florida as part of the council’s nationwide
pilot of the residential green building program in 11 markets across
The new LEED for Homes program is a voluntary initiative to actively
promote more sustainable building practices in the home building industry.
The rating system is targeting the top 25 percent of homes, inclusive
of all price points, with the best practice environmental features.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a nationally
recognized set of standards designed to emphasize the environmental
features of buildings and their associated economic benefits. LEED
for New Construction (LEED-NC) has already been recognized
as the premier rating system for green commercial buildings. LEED
for Homes will provide similar national consistency in defining the
features of a green home. Homes achieving the LEED for Homes
designation are designed to be energy efficient, resource friendly,
and healthy places for their occupants to live. More than 80 builders
around the country, including 12 affordable housing developers, have
already registered projects in the LEED for Homes pilot.
In administering the pilot program in Florida, FSEC is providing
technical, marketing, and verification support services to local builders
as they construct homes that achieve the LEED for Homes pilot standard. “We
have a strong interest in fostering green building in Florida, and
we have the unique capabilities to provide what is required,” says
Eric Martin, researcher and LEED Pilot Program coordinator at FSEC. “Our
experience includes supporting statewide energy code and rating systems,
as well as developing software tools and providing technical assistance
to assist builders with compliance,” added Martin.
FSEC was also instrumental in the development of Florida’s
statewide green building program, led by the Florida Green Building
Coalition, Inc. Since the inception of the statewide residential green
standard in 2001, FSEC has played an integral part by providing both
training and technical assistance.
“Now that Florida has access to both statewide and national
residential green rating systems, we want to help coordinate the activities
between them to minimize confusion in the marketplace,” says
The pilot version of the LEED for Homes Rating System is scheduled
to be updated late this year, based on lessons learned in the pilot. After
a public review period and a membership ballot, the final LEED for
Homes Rating System will be launched in early 2007.
The USGBC is a nonprofit, consensus-based coalition representing
the entire building industry. For more general information on LEED
and the U.S. Green Building Council, visit www.usgbc.org.
A complete list of the LEED for Homes Pilot Providers can be found
on the USGBC Web site at: www.usgbc.org/leed/homes.
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