The Importance of Owning a LEED® Certified HomePosted 07/15/2019
Green, energy-efficient homebuilding has gone from piquing public interest to shaping the homebuying industry in less than 20 years. In fact, a recent study found that 84 percent of residents think living in a sustainable or eco-friendly building is very important or moderately important.
Maracay recently marked a major milestone in its decades-long commitment to sustainability when the Arizona homebuilder was named a Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a part of the 2018 LEED® Homes Awards, announced earlier this year. The annual awards program honored residential projects as well as developers and builders using LEED® to create happy, healthy and environmentally friendly communities.
In celebration of Maracay’s recent accomplishment, here’s a closer look at what it means to be LEED® Certified and the benefits of owning a LEED® Certified home.
What is LEED®?
Since 2018, Maracay has launched 10 communities with more than 300 homes designed to meet LEED® Certified standards. But, what does that mean? LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a building framework that both commercial and residential builders can apply to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green structures. LEED® for Homes, which launched more than 16 years ago, has long been a frontrunner among residential green-building programs and is the reason Maracay continues to adhere to the program’s strict energy-efficient standards set by the USGBC.
Low use of energy, water and resources
According to the USGBC, buildings waste a massive amount of the world’s energy and resources. In the United States, buildings are responsible for nearly 40 percent of CO2 emissions and consume more resources than both the industrial and transportation sectors.
Using LEED®, buildings expend 34 percent less CO2, use 25 percent less energy and 11 percent less water than a typical non-LEED home. By using fewer resources, LEED® Certified homes not only help build a greener future, but also save homeowners green thanks to the energy savings.
LEED® Certified homes are built with a number of green features, including water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, Energy Star® appliances, and Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, among many other features. By taking advantage of the latest in innovative technologies, LEED® Certified homes use 30-50 percent less energy than typical homes and help maintain the value of the home over time.
Promote healthy living
In addition to the LEED® Certified program, Maracay also adheres to the strict standards of other programs, including the EPA’s ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS programs. Indoor airPLUS, specifically, provides residents with unparalleled indoor air quality and comprehensive health protections that address common concerns of mold, radon, carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals. From moisture to gas exposure, Indoor airPLUS-qualified homes effectively reduce the risk of pollutants from entering the home and disrupting its air quality.
At Maracay, we continually look for ways to minimize our impact on the environment and move toward a greener future. We are honored to be named a Power Builder and are excited for what the future holds.
To find out more, please visit www.maracayhomes.com.
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