Top 10 Truths about LEED for Homes


Well, my ninjas, its another Green Tuesday here at architecture.mnp – and I’m bringing you some info straight from the USGBC on building green homes in the US [sorry to all my international ninjas - but I assume things are similar wherever you’re at]. I was perusing the USGBC website [trying to study for LEED, which is not a simple task] when I came across this ‘Top 10 Truths about LEED for Homes’, a pretty interesting list basically giving you reasons to green your [or your client’s] home. Featured here is my favorite point, for all you haters out there [you know who you are]:

3. LEED homes are very cost-effective to build

The reality is that the net cost of owning a LEED home is the same as a code home. A brief explanation follows. The typical cost of an entry level (i.e., certified) LEED home is about 3 to 5 percent higher than a home that is built to code. For an averaged priced $300,000 new home, this means a cost increment of about $10,000 for the additional green measures. When this $10,000 cost increment is amortized over 30 years, the result is an increase in the monthly mortgage payment of approximately $70 per month. This amounts to a cost increase of about $2 per day – for all of the feature and benefits of a LEED home (e.g., healthier, more comfortable, more durable, energy efficient, and environmentally responsible). However, if you also weigh in the approximately 30 percent utility bill savings from a LEED home, the utility bill savings are approximately $70 per month. So, the bottom line is that the increase in the cost of the monthly mortgage payment is about the same as the monthly utility bill savings. And so the net monthly cost of a owning a LEED home is the same as the monthly cost of owning a home that is built to code.

So head on over to the USGBC and find out why you should be building green, and study up to become a LEED AP [speaking of which, anyone want to share notes? I’m serious here, my ninjas…]

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