Making your new custom home LEED certified not only elevates luxury and your quality of living, but it also improves the environment. Green homes have many benefits so consider going green when building your luxury custom home. Here is everything you need to know about a LEED custom home according to a custom home builder that specialized in green buildings.
What is LEED?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It’s a certification program for green buildings that has multiple levels and ratings. Any building, from commercial to residential, can be LEED. LEED homes end up saving money, increasing home value, and improve health.
When people hear that we specialize in LEED custom homes they wonder how these differ from other green homes. A green home may have certain eco-friendly features like solar panels or low-flush toilets. A LEED home doesn’t have just a few green features but is, in fact, green inside and out, from top to bottom. Homes qualifying for LEED certification also have to go through rigorous testing that other green homes don’t have to.
Aspects of LEED Homes
LEED homes are definitely good for the environments, especially compared to standard homes. But there are also selfish reasons for building a custom LEED home. Custom home builders say, going green doesn’t mean giving up luxury if anything it increases it. Here’s everything that goes into a LEED home.
• Insulation: Every part of a LEED home is sealed and insulated. This ensures that your custom home will have a regulated temperature, staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This means that you’ll save money on heating and cooling bills.
• Water: LEED homes feature low-flow toilets, shower heads, and faucets. This not only saves water for the planet but for your home which will effectively lower your water bill.
• Air: The air in LEED homes is higher quality. These homes don’t use toxic chemicals so the air your breath will be healthier for your family. Allergens, mold and other factors are also removed thanks to high-quality ventilation.
Advantages of a LEED Home
There are tons of benefits to living in a LEED custom home. Not only will it save you money in reduced bills, but also being a certified green home greatly improves a home’s value. This means that if you ever decide to sell your luxury custom home you will get more money for it than if it were a standard build. They also tend to sell more quickly as everyone wants to live green.
The health of families that live in a LEED home is generally better. Allergens are filtered out through top-notch ventilation systems. Toxic materials are also absent from the home and building materials. This means your family won’t risk coming into contact with those. But it’s not just the health of your family that is improved through LEED homes. The health of the planet and environment will improve too. LEED homes use fewer resources, are built using non-toxic, reusable, or recycled materials, and don’t harm the environment. There are tons of benefits to living in a green home.
How To Build a LEED Home
The first step to building an LEED custom home in Toronto is to find a builder that specializes in this. Luckily, here at Sina Architectural Designs, we have training, experience, and skills in building LEED and green homes. It’s always easier to build a LEED building from the start rather than renovate an existing home into one later one. We’ll help advise you at every step which materials will fit into it the program and how it will benefit your home, your wallet, and your family. Contact us today if you have any comments, questions, or concerns about building an LEED custom home here in the Toronto.