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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.
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.
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.
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 90.1-2010 standards required in the LEED rating system.
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.