The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), released a new report, LEED in Motion: Residential in August, showing the growing green trends in the homes market. The report reveals that green, LEED-certified homes have grown 19 per cent since 2017. Globally, Canada ranks second for LEED Residential units, with over 120,000 certified or registered.
The report also featured an interview with Emmanuel B. Cosgrove, co-founder and general director at Ecohome, a LEED Homes Provider from Montreal, Quebec that has completed over 500 green building projects.
On average, LEED-certified homes use 20 to 30 percent less energy than a traditional home, with some home owners reporting up to 60 percent savings. In addition to minimizing energy, waste and water, certified homes are designed to support human health and comfort. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors where pollutants can be two to five times more concentrated than outdoors. LEED encourages design that maximizes indoor fresh air and uses materials that help reduce exposure to toxins and pollutants connected to asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues.
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