Products can contribute to LEED points and prerequisites.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, D.C., and The Home Depot have launched an online green home products database leed.homedepot.com
, a microsite within homedepot.com
which features products geared toward green home building. The USGBC says many of the products on the site may contribute towards earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program. There are more than 2,500 products currently listed on the site.
“The LEED green building program helps homeowners measure green home performance across a range of categories, and products play an important role in achieving certification,” says Nate Kredich, vice president of Residential Development at USGBC. “This database represents just one of the many ways in which The Home Depot is advancing sustainable, efficient and healthy homes by supporting green building and green products.”
“As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, we want to show our customers that building green can be easy and affordable,” says Lindsay Chason, senior manager of Environmental Innovation at The Home Depot. “We have innovative, environmentally-friendly products that make LEED certification simpler. Now through our partnership with U.S. Green Building Council and their LEED for Homes program, we are simplifying the process of bringing healthier, greener homes to reality.”
LEED-certified homes are energy efficient, conserve water and vital resources, and integrate environmentally preferred products into the design and construction of a home, says the USGBC. Nearly 18,000 housing units have received LEED for Homes certification.
The green home product database released with Home Depot will assist homeowners and green building professional to achieve these tenants of sustainability, health and affordability in their housing projects, says the USGBC.