LEED for Homes is an initiative designed to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices.
LEED for Homes includes all multifamily buildings that are in the 1-3 story category. LEED for Homes is targeting new homes and multifamily projects with best practice environmental features. LEED for Homes is a collaborative initiative that actively works with all sectors of the homebuilding industry. By recognizing sustainable design and construction in homes nationwide, LEED for Homes helps home builders differentiate their homes as some of the best homes in their markets, using a recognized national brand. Furthermore, homebuyers can more readily identify third-party verified green homes and multifamily projects. While there are already a number of local or regional green homebuilding programs, LEED for Homes is attempting to provide national consistency in defining the features of a green home and to enable builders anywhere in the country to obtain a green rating on their homes. LEED for Homes represents a consensus standard for green homebuilding developed and refined by a diverse cadre of national experts and experienced green builders. The LEED for Homes Rating System is part of the comprehensive suite of LEED assessment tools offered by USGBC to promote sustainable design, construction, and operations practices in buildings nationwide.
The LEED for Homes Rating System includes the criteria for low rise multi-family residential development. As the program has grown, residential projects in the 4 - 6-story category have shown an interest in using the LEED for Homes criteria. In order to address this market sector, USGBC has developed LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise Guidance.
For information about the exact criteria, click here: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147#midrise
For information regarding Ga Power's Rebate Program for Multi-Family, click here EarthCents Home Energy Improvement Program for Multi-family Existing Green Scene
"The Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition is a trade association representing the multi-family affordable rental housing industry in Georgia. Since its inception in 1996, the Coalition has provided a forum for information sharing, networking and advocacy for its member developers, lenders, syndicators and other related parties who participate in the low income housing tax credit program.
For more information about multifamily projects, please contact the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition. Funding for multifamily projects is available through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs http://www.dca.ga.gov/
2010 Earthcraft Multifamily Project of the Year Award - "Georgia Affordable Housing"
Certification Programs for Multi-Family - "USGBC MF Presentation"
Below is a list of resources:
Colin Edelstein - NorSouth Constructs
Carl Seville, LEED AP Homes