LEED for Homes is a consensus-based green building rating system
that encompasses prerequisites and credit options over 7 separate
sections. Buildings can earn certification on 4 levels
‘Certified’, ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Platinum’. Although all
buildings must meet the prescribed requirements of the program,
certification level is based on how well a project scores in the
optional credit categories.
The 7 sections in the LEED for Homes rating system are: Innovation
and Design (ID), Location and Linkages (LL), Sustainable Sites
(SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials
and Resources (MR), Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) and Awareness
and Education (AE). Britain Way Apartments is designed to
achieve all mandatory requirements of each section and excel in the
credit options to the Gold certification threshold.
Innovation and Design (ID) –
Focuses on green design and integration of professionals to help
ensure that the green features will be incorporated into all design
theories. This section also addresses durability issues and a
quality assurance process during construction.
Location and Linkages (LL) –
Rewards projects for promoting pedestrian activity, mass transit
systems, and locating a project within an urban fabric.
Sustainable Sites (SS) –
Addresses environmentally responsible landscape design with an
emphasis on drought tolerant species, noninvasive plants, and
Water Efficiency (WE) – Addresses
both indoor and outdoor water consumption and rewards points for
using high efficiency plumbing fixtures and irrigation
Energy and Atmosphere (EA) –
Addresses the energy consumption of the design in comparison to
standard building practices. This section also addresses
verification of quality insulation and thermal air barrier
Materials and Resources (MR) –
Emphasizes environmentally responsible forestry practices and
rewards projects for using materials that are located near the
project site, have recycled content and/or low VOC
content. This section also rewards projects for diverting
construction waste away from the landfill.
Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
– Requires all LEED projects to supply fresh air, exhaust kitchens
to the outdoors and exhaust bathrooms to the outdoors. The
more efficiently these requirements are met the more points
earned. This section also covers high quality HVAC filtration,
unit flush-out prior to occupancy and contaminates control during
Awareness and Education (AE) –
Promotes resident education of Green Building both specific to each
project and general.