Transforming Buildings, Even the Little Ones: 20,000 LEED-certified Homes

Nate Kredich
Vice President of Residential Market Development
U.S. Green Building Council

20,000: No, I’m not talking leagues under the sea. I’m talking LEED-certified homes.

That’s right: I’m particularly proud to announce that we’ve certified over 20,000 LEED for Homes units.

It’s interesting to look at a sampling of the projects we’ve certified in just the past couple of weeks to see the reach and versatility of LEED in the residential space:

  • Eight LEED Platinum certified affordable homes in the Coconut Cove development in Cape Coral, Florida, developed by Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc. and built by Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
  • AMLI at Escena, the first two LEED Gold low-rise multifamily buildings in Texas, built by AMLI Residential
  • KAPSARC Villa B-19 in Riyadh, one of the first LEED for Homes International Pilot projects to certify – located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the LEED Silver home is one of 191 single family production homes built by SK Engineering and Construction as part of Phase I for KAPSARC

KAPSARC Villa B-19 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi by SK Engineering & Construction

Since LEED for Homes launched as a rating system in 2008, 51% of our certified homes qualify as affordable housing, a statistic of which we are very proud.
Also of note has been the trajectory for the LEED for Homes program. Consider:

  • The 1st 1,000 certified homes (pre-pilot) took 31 months – or an average of roughly 32 homes/month
  • 1,001 – 5,000 took 18 months – 222/month
  • 5,001 – 10,000 took 12 months – 416/month
  • 10,001 – 20,000 took 13 months – 769/month

Pretty nice growth, huh?

AMLI at Escena in Texas, built by AMLI Residential

Enormous thanks goes to our incredible LEED for Homes community and its continued commitment to transforming all buildings…even the little ones, that happen to matter most of all.


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