2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour dates announced
Based on the soaring success of last year's GreenBuilt Home Tour
, the USGBC Illinois chapter will be holding this again this year from July 27 - 28, 2014 from 10am - 4pm. This now annual event provides an opportunity to get inside of some of the leading examples of healthy, efficient homes being built in the Chicago area.
It also gives green builders and project teams a chance to get in front of hundreds of potential customers. In the 2013 tour, 16 homes in various stages of construction participated on the tour, which was attended by over 500 motivated homeowners that told us:
- 51% are interested in building or remodeling a green home;
- 86% visited 3 or more homes;
- 47% intended to follow up with Green Pros they met.
Do you have a project you'd like to showcase on the 2014 tour this July? If so applications are now being accepted
now through Monday, March 3, 2014.
Over 50,000 homes now LEED Certified
44 percent of the homes classified as affordable housing
Washington, D.C. — (Jan. 23, 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces the 50,000th LEED-certified green housing unit.
“As one of the most rigorous green residential rating systems in the world, LEED for Homes is the standard against which all other such programs are measured,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Despite its demanding technical aspects that set a high bar for green residential construction, LEED for Homes has also seen the broadest adoption among its peers — indicative of its position as the rating system of choice to guide the design and construction of healthier, high-performance homes.”
Since the launch of the LEED for Homes rating system in 2007, the growth trajectory of the world’s most widely used residential green building program has been dramatic. From 392 housing units LEED-certified in 2007, the figure jumped to nearly 900 units certified in the year 2008 and nearly 3,000 certified in 2009. In 2012 and 2013 alone, USGBC certified more than 15,000 and 17,000 housing units, respectively.
Of the 50,000-plus certified units, 74 percent are within multifamily buildings, while 44 percent are classified as affordable housing. In addition, nearly 65 percent of the total units were certified in the past two years, a strong indicator of the continued momentum of the rating system.
There are also more than 82,000 units under construction and in the pipeline for LEED certification.
The continued growth of LEED for Homes is attributable to its many proven benefits, including enhanced property value, healthier indoor environments, and energy and water savings that average 20 to 30 percent. LEED-certified homes are third-party inspected, tested and performance-verified, offering homeowners and tenants piece of mind that their places of residence are efficient, saving them money and also better for the natural environment.
For more information on the LEED for Homes rating system, visit usgbc.org/homes. or ask how Eco Achievers can help you certify your project.