LEED credits for new residential buildings

I am looking for information regarding the type of LEED credits for solar on residential buildings


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a valuable recognition for sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings. When it comes to residential properties, LEED certification ensures that homes are designed, constructed, and operated with a focus on energy efficiency, health, and environmental impact. 

Here’s how solar energy can contribute to LEED certification for residential buildings:

  • On-Site Renewable Energy (EA Credit 5): By implementing solar power systems in your home, you can earn up to 8 LEED points under the “On-Site Renewable Energy” credit. The number of points earned depends on the percentage of energy costs you offset through your on-site renewable energy initiatives.
  • Energy & Atmosphere Category (EA Credit 2): Solar projects play a significant role in LEED certification within the “Energy & Atmosphere” category. Specifically, EA Credit 2 focuses on “On-Site Renewable Energy.” This credit can provide up to 7 possible LEED points.
  • Overall Impact: LEED-certified homes use less energy and water, resulting in lower utility bills. On average, certified homes consume 20 to 30 percent less energy than non-green homes, with some homes saving up to 60 percent. Additionally, LEED homes are designed to maximize indoor fresh air quality and minimize exposure to airborne toxins, promoting better health and comfort for occupants. Properly planned LEED homes can be built at a similar cost to non-green homes and may qualify for discounted homeowner’s insurance, tax breaks, and other incentives. In many markets, certified green homes are selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes.
  • Remember that LEED certification can be applied to various types of residential projects, including single-family homes, multifamily buildings, and renovations. Project teams can customize their pursuit of LEED credits based on priorities such as health, energy efficiency, and resilience. If you’re considering solar energy for your home, it’s a step toward both environmental sustainability and potential LEED certification!

For more information:

LEED Certification and Solar: How Does Renewable Energy Help? (everbluetraining.com)

LEED certification for residential | U.S. Green Building Council (usgbc.org)


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  • Chantal Stevens
    published this page in Q&A 2024-04-29 13:00:40 -0700

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