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What is a LEED Certified Home?

The Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED) is a building project rating system for sustainability2 developed by the United States Green Build Council (USGBC)1. The USGBC began devel­op­ing LEED in 1995. When first intro­duced in 2000, LEED empha­sized limiting the negative impacts of a building project. Today LEED focuses on the potential for building projects to con­tribute to their com­mu­ni­ties and the planet pos­i­tive­ly. Currently, LEED impact cat­e­gories including climate change, water resources, green economy, human health, bio­di­ver­si­ty, community and natural resources. The LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion program ensures a home is healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving from the top down to the bottom.

What is a LEED Certified Home?

All LEED-certified homes are healthy, safe, and good for the envi­ron­ment. Home­own­ers obtain LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by earning LEED points. LEED points are obtained by including specific pre­req­ui­sites and credits in a home design and con­struc­tion. Pre­req­ui­sites are required elements of any LEED certified project. Credits are optional elements that projects may pursue to earn points toward a higher LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion level. There are four levels of LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: Certified (40 – 49 points), Silver (50 – 59 points), Gold (60 – 79 points), and Platinum (80+ points). Home­own­ers can earn LEED points in nine categories.

  1. Location and Trans­porta­tion: Compact devel­op­ment, alter­na­tive trans­porta­tion, and con­nec­tion with amenities such as restau­rants and parks earn points.
  2. Sus­tain­able Sites: Sus­tain­able treatment of the sur­round­ing buildings and ecosystem earn points.
  3. Water Effi­cien­cy: Efficient use of indoor, outdoor and spe­cial­ized use of water, along with metering earn points.
  4. Energy and Atmos­phere: Address­ing energy use reduction, energy-efficient design strate­gies, and renewable energy sources earn points.
  5. Material and Resources: Min­i­miz­ing the impacts asso­ci­at­ed with the extrac­tion, pro­cess­ing, transport, main­te­nance, and disposal of building materials earn points.
  6. Indoor Envi­ron­men­tal Quality: Design choices that consider indoor air quality and thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort earn points.
  7. Inno­va­tion: Designs that include inno­v­a­tive building features and sus­tain­able building practices and strate­gies earn points.
  8. Regional Priority: A focus on local envi­ron­men­tal pri­or­i­ties earn points.
  9. Inte­gra­tive Process: Achieving coop­er­a­tive inter­ac­tion across dis­ci­plines and building systems earn points.

The Benefits of Leed Certifying a Home?

There are many benefits to a LEED certified home. LEED certified homes are healthy, good for the envi­ron­ment, save home­own­ers money, and have increased resale value.

  • LEED certified homes are healthy: LEED homes provide clean indoor air and are healthy for their occupants. According to the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (E.P.A.), indoor air is two to ten times more polluted than outdoor air. LEED-certified homes require proper ven­ti­la­tion, high-effi­cien­cy air filters and measures to reduce mold and mildew. These features maximize the quality indoor air and minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants.
  • LEED homes are good for the envi­ron­ment: LEED homes are energy-efficient and use less energy and water than non-LEED homes, which saves home­own­ers money. In fact, according to the USGBC, LEED-certified homes are designed to use about 30 to 60 percent less energy than non-LEED-certified homes.
  • Improved resale value of LEED-certified homes: LEED-certified homes are a good invest­ment for home­own­ers. In fact, a recent study by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Austin and the USGBC found that new LEED-certified homes in the Austin-Round Rock Met­ro­pol­i­tan Sta­tis­ti­cal Area are worth an average of $25,000 more in resale value than con­ven­tion­al homes. 

Earn LEED Points with the Bautex Wall System

The Bautex™ Wall System, including the Bautex Blocks and Bautex Air & Moisture Barrier, con­tribute towards LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by earning LEED points in energy and atmos­phere; materials and resources; indoor envi­ron­men­tal quality; and inno­va­tion in design.

  • Bautex Wall System creates an energy efficient building envelope that is compliant with the latest building codes. Bautex Block wall provide an R‑14 con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion; far exceeding the ASHRAE 90.12010 standards required in the LEED rating system.

  • The per­cent­age of recycled and region­al­ly sourced materials utilized by Bautex can con­tribute towards LEED points.
  • Bautex Wall System creates indoor envi­ron­ments that are com­fort­able and enhance the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty of its occupants.
  • Baute Wall System insulated concrete wall system reduces the transfer of sound from the outside to the inside of a structure. In fact, Bautex™ Wall System received a high Sound Trans­mis­sion Class (STC) rating of 51 and a high Outdoor-Indoor Trans­mis­sion Class (OITC) per­for­mance rating of 47 
    • Bautex AMB 20 air and moisture barrier applied to the block wall prevents air and moisture infil­tra­tion to the interior of a home
    • Bautex Blocks have lower volatile organic compound emittance than wood 
  • The Bautex Wall System is an inno­v­a­tive product that replaces wood frame, metal and concrete con­struc­tion for use in one- to three-floor buildings. The wall system is stronger and performs better than tra­di­tion­al concrete blocks and installs up to twice as fast as CMU. Bautex Block also has a four-hour fire rating, as well as a storm rating suitable for use in tornado and hurricane safe rooms.

A Lead­er­ship in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Design (LEED) home is healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving. A LEED-certified home also has higher resale value over non-LEED-certified homes. For more infor­ma­tion on how to use Bautex Blocks to achieve LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion your home, visit Bautex Wall System.

1 Sus­tain­abil­i­ty in con­struc­tion aims to lessen depletion of critical resources like water, land, raw materials and energy. Sus­tain­able design of building and infra­struc­ture also prevents the destruc­tion of the ecosystem.

2 In 1993, the United States Green Build Council (USGBC) was estab­lished to promote sus­tain­able practices in the building and con­struc­tion industry. The council includes trade asso­ci­a­tions, archi­tects, designers, and indi­vid­u­als all inter­est­ed in the greening of the con­struc­tion business.