WHAT MAKES A LEED HOME?
All of our Cincinnati custom built homes are LEED certified, but what does that really mean?
Here is a quick breakdown that will help you learn more about LEED certification and how important the benchmarks are for helping you save money while saving the environment.
Smart Material Management
Our custom-built homes use only locally-produced, responsibly-obtained and recycled building materials whenever possible. During the construction process, we minimize water usage and waste, thus reducing our impact on the local environment.
Indoor water appliances – your tubs, showers, faucets and toilets – can account for up to two-thirds of your home’s water usage; and outdoor water usage accounts for 30% of all drinkable water consumption in U.S. The water appliances we use in all of our custom-built homes are energy-efficient and encourage the use of rainwater or recycled gray water whenever possible.
Clean Indoor Air
The typical American home has air quality 2 to 5 times worse than the quality of the air outside. Our LEED certified homes offer an improved indoor environment through the use of efficient air conditioning and heating systems that focus on bringing filtered air from the outside in. We also use non-toxic carpeting, painting materials and finishes whenever possible.
Justin Doyle Homes uses on-site renewable energy systems whenever possible in order to reduce electricity costs and the carbon footprint generated by any of our custom-built homes.
Our custom home builders use only the most energy-efficient light fixtures, bulbs and appliances that draw on the strength of the Energy Star for Homes program. Our homes use 30-50% less energy than non-LEED certified homes and that means lower utility bills throughout the home’s lifetime.
We ensure that every one of our custom-built homes is constructed within close proximity to schools, shopping centers, work centers and public transit pick-up and drop-off points. Our homes are perfect for families and are always built in neighborhoods that are considered safe and pedestrian-friendly.
Sustainable Building Sites
Our homes are always landscaped with native plants that promote plenty of biodiversity. We also enact mandatory erosion controls during the construction process that help to keep dirty and polluted water from tainting any nearby water sources.
All of our LEED certified homes have undergone a rigorous inspection process, as well as visual on-site inspections throughout the construction process. Using a LEED scorecard, we are able to determine exactly how efficient your home is and how well it will perform at any given time and under any conditions.
Home Use and Maintenance
We build all of our homes to last, but the performance and durability of our LEED certified homes will depend on the use and maintenance the home receives throughout its lifetime. For that reason, we will do our best to help educate you on the systems, technologies and features that will go into the construction of your new high-performance and highly-sustainable ‘green’ home.
Choose Justin Doyle Homes for your new custom-built dream home and save money while also doing your part to save the environment. To get the process started, call to speak with a New Home Sales Consultant.