Everyone is looking for ways to increase the values of their home. There’s no better way to do so while making your home more energy efficient than getting it LEED-certified. Through the process of earning points, your home can earn the rating of anywhere from Certified (45 to 59 points) to Platinum (90 to 36 points). The higher you score in particular categories, the better chance you have in making your home more valuable. You way be wondering, “What is this ‘LEED certification’ you speak of?” Join us as we explore LEED certification.
What is LEED Certification?
LEED, also known as (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), is the system used to rate green buildings worldwide. Through LEED, green buildings are scored in a variety of categories which determine the overall energy efficiency of the home. The categories include:
Innovation and Design Process
Location and Linkages
Energy and Atmosphere
Materials and Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Awareness and Education
These various categories vary in the total amount of points you can earn for each. If your home scores high on the scale, you can expect to reap the benefits of owning a LEED-certified home.
Benefits of LEED Certification
LEED certification is a globally recognized building rating system that is well-respected. This is one of the many reasons why attaining this certification is such a heralded achievement. Homes that have this certification have an effect on everyone that everyone that comes in contact with. This means that, if you are getting repairs done to your LEED-certified home or are having it remodeled, you can expect the people working on your home to practice extreme caution. As mentioned before, this certification is globally recognized and the last thing any repairs or remodelling company wants on their resume is damaging one of the world’s most energy efficient buildings. Listed below are a few more benefits.
Higher Resale Value
Owning any home that is energy efficient makes it more valuable, but the prestige attached to a LEED certification brings comfort to homeowners requesting steep prices for their homes as they know it’s worth it. It is not cheap to become LEED-certified either so it is expected that these homes are more expensive.
The obvious benefit of owning these homes is that they are energy efficient. As a homeowner you can expect lower monthly utility bills as well as some LEED-certified homes have been reported using 60 percent less than the average home that simply meets code minimums.
While this is not guaranteed across the board, many states and cities offer tax breaks to homeowners of energy efficient homes. There are currently over 20 states that offer individual income tax credits for ‘green homes.’If you are looking to remodel your home in the Chicago area to make it more energy efficient, look no further than Quality Remodeling. We have over 20 years of experience and offer a variety of home remodeling services. Trust us for you next remodeling project! Give us a call at (773) 509-0200 or visit us online for a full list of our services.