Ask The Experts: Barb Yankie, LEED for Homes Verifier

Posted By on September 13, 2010

In this “Ask the Experts” blog series, we have asked industry experts help explain all sorts of housing related topics. Today, Barb Yankie, a LEED for Homes Verifier as well as an EnergyStar Rater, tells us about the US Green Building Council’s green certification program, LEED for Homes.

1.  How has the green home certification program, LEED for Homes, changed in the past 3 years?
After rigorous testing of the program’s constructs in the Pilot Program, LEED for Homes is now a fully accepted U.S. Green Building Council Program.  http://www.usgbc.org/

2.  How many certifications will you do on single family homes this year?  Will you do any multi-family project this year?
We currently have over 40 homes at some point in the LEED for Homes process.  We are also working on 10-12 multi-family and mid-rise projects in four states.

3.  How much does LEED certification cost?
The combined fees for U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Homes registration and certification will cost $375 – $525.

The cost for 3rd party testing and verification (using a LEED for Homes Provider and LEED Green Rater) should cost $1500 – $2000 (in the Greater Cincinnati area).

The added cost of construction will depend on the options chosen for the home.

The total increased cost should be 2% – 5% of the project.

4.  How would I, as a homeowner, benefit from having my home LEED certified?
A home that achieves LEED certification has been designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, and has the potential to use 20-30% less energy – and some up to 60% less – than a home built to the 2006 International Energy Code.  Less energy use means lower utility bills every month throughout the life of the house.

Beyond energy, achieving LEED certification is a mark of leadership in green homebuilding, clearly differentiating a home as among the best in the country.  LEED is like the nutrition label that demonstrates in measurable terms how a home incorporates efficient features, with the added assurance that the final product has been third-party verified and performance tested.

Also, if the home is built in the City of Cincinnati , the home will have an extremely good property tax abatement for achieving LEED certification.  http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cdap/pages/-3521-/

5.  Anything else to note?
LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third-party verified rating system that provides a basis for quantifying the benefits of green homes.  The rating system measures a home’s performance based on eight categories; site selection, water efficiency, materials & resources, energy & atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, location & linkages, awareness & education, and innovation.  Each LEED-certified home undergoes onsite inspections and thorough performance testing to ensure proper performance.

6.  Contact info:
Barb Yankie

President

Green Building Consulting

PO Box 43497

Cincinnati, OH 45243

(513) 272-2005 office

(513) 272-2012 fax

byankie@fuse.net

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About the author

Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!