ThermalWise has been busy this weekend at the Real Home Show in Halifax, NS. At the show we’ve had a lot of interested people ask about LEED Canada for Homes and what the benefits of the certification are. Unfortunately, sometimes we just don’t have enough time with people to tell them about all the benefits and the certification process.
In short, LEED Canada for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. LEED Canada for Homes is the only national 3rd party certification for green, energy efficient homes. A LEED certified home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Owners of LEED certified homes enjoy the benefits of lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.
Those interested in a more comprehensive overview of the rating system may be enjoy the following short video. While this video was produced by the US Green Building Council to educate people about the American version of LEED for Homes, it still provides an excellent overview of what it means to live in a LEED certified home. LEED Canada for Homes shares many similarities with the American version of the rating system but it has been adapted to our climate and building practices.