The U.S. Green Building Council, with support from planned-community developer Newland Communities, has launched Greenhomeguide.org, a new Web site that will give homeowners, home buyers, renters, landlords and others the tools they need to ensure their homes are as healthy and environmentally friendly as possible.
The Green Home Guide details the ways green homes can benefit health and save money, as well as reduce negative impacts on the world. Green homes use less energy and water than conventional homes, and they make use of safe materials, such as paints and cleaning products that don’t emit harmful chemicals into the air. They are built with materials that are recycled, locally produced, and created from sustainable, renewable resources.
The new site illustrates how families have gone green by offering profiles of homes that have been certified under the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes rating system. It offers details on the LEED for Homes system, including help in finding LEED builders and providers. It includes checklists for new homes and renovating or retrofitting existing homes.