The Evolution of Green Building

November/December 2004
A version of this article appears in the November/December 2004 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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November 01, 2004
LEED for Homes is just around the corner. Will it fulfill its mission to integrate with existing green building programs while helping out in locations where no such program exists?
        How is the effort to create a national green building program progressing? According to Dennis Creech, executive director of the Southface Energy Institute, in Atlanta, Georgia, pretty well. Creech is a member of a committee that was formed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to develop a national green building program for homes. (See “Who Says a House Is Green?”HE Sept/Oct ’03, p.8.) “Efforts to create a national green building standard are very important to transforming the home building market,” Creech says.That’s why he’s investing the time and effort to help create the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes program. LEED for Homes, or LEED-H, is an effort that USGBC hopes will build on its successful and well-known LEED for commercial buildings program (see “LEED-H Nears Completion”).         However,“home building is local,” says Creech.The LEED for Homes program will use a completely different model than LEED for commercial buildings.“Commercial buildings are built by architects. Homes generally are not,” says Creech.And there are national ...

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