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LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is an internationally recognized, third-party rating system for green building design – a standard we’re very familiar with here at Clarum.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. The LEED certification program is the USGBC’s primary vehicle for promoting sustainable design and construction. The LEED system rates the environmental performance of a building. It is based on accepted energy and environmental principles and strikes a balance between known established practices and emerging concepts.
The rating system evaluates environmental performance from a whole building perspective over a building’s life cycle, providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a “green building.” When a home or community is LEED-certified, it means its design strategies have attained a certain number of points for high performance and health (of both people and the environment) in the following areas:
LEED was started by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2000, with its rating systems developed continually by LEED committees through consensus process. LEED applies not only to new construction, but existing buildings as well. Today its influence is remarkable, with almost 9 billion square feet of building space participating.
We build LEED-certified homes at Clarum. For example, our Hansen Lane Estates in Danville, CA, achieved a LEED Gold Rating.
This is an expression of our commitment to high-performance, energy-efficient construction: we’re continually partnering with firms to research and improve green building technology; we’re members of Build It Green; we’re also members of the USGBC, the organization which started LEED.
Why? Because the both environment and the people who live in a home are worth it.
“We want the future of home building to incorporate LEED and passive home standards. I’m building the type of house that I want to live in and that I want my kids to live in. It’s healthier for the occupants and better for the earth.”
– John Suppes, owner of Clarum Homes
We believe in designing homes that are healthy and comfortable. The extraordinary energy-efficiency of our LEED-certified homes are cost-effective, saving you tens of thousands of dollars in lifetime costs. It’s a win for the homeowner and demonstrates environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
To learn more about our LEED homes, call Clarum at 650.322.7069.