Features & Benefits of LEED Certified Homes

Posted By on May 25, 2010

Green building is the practice of building more sustainable, healthier, and more energy efficient buildings. There is no one single way to build a green building. There are many ways for homebuilders to go green & many programs available to certify homes as being green built.

However, there is one green certification program that has gained much momentum, especially in the City of Cincinnati: LEED for Homes.  This certification program was established by the US Green Building Council and acts as a reliable third party certification for green buildings. And, in the city of Cincinnati, LEED certified homes receive a 15 year property tax abatement. The savings are tremendous (over $60,000 on the home I will write of shortly).

LEED certified homes are built to keep energy costs down, reduce waste during construction and improve indoor air quality. They are built to save energy and, in turn, save money on heating and cooling. But that is only one part of the story. Green building with LEED certification is a holistic approach to building to minimize your environmental footprint by building in a socially, economically and ecologically responsible manner.

Potterhill Homes is one of three builders to feature a LEED certified home at CitiRama 2010 located in Cincinnati’s historic Northside neighborhood.  This home show is open to the public from June 3-13.  Visitors to the show can learn all about the processes and practices of Potterhill’s green building techniques.  Visit the Cincinnati Home Builders’ Association website for show hours and directions: www.CincyBuilders.com

Here are just a few of the products & processes that have made Potterhill’s CitiRama home eligible for LEED certification:

-        Geothermal Heating & Cooling System

-        Low V.O.C. paint

-        Programmable Thermostat

-        Blown Cellulose Insulation

-        Low E/ EnergyStar Rated Windows

-        Sealed air ducts

-        Drought resistant landscaping

-        Whisper Green continuously running bath fans

-        EnergyStar Rated Appliances

-        Building in a community that is close to transportation & other services

-        Building in an infill development (helps prevent urban sprawl)

-        Advertising the LEED certification to the public

For more information about the LEED program, visit http://www.usgbc.org/

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As the people behind Potterhill Homes, we have some pretty strong feelings about energy efficiency and green building. And we don't always agree! But we are commited to building a best homes we can and bringing you along on our journey to figure out exactly what that means! Thanks for checking out our site. My Google Profile+

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Cincinnati-based Potterhill Homes is a premier builder of affordable, environmentally friendly homes in Greater Cincinnati. Our homes are built with traditional Cincinnati architectural styles and are perfect for both urban infill and suburban development. To learn more about Potterhill Homes,visit www.potterhillhomes.com.


About the authors

As the people behind Potterhill Homes, we have some pretty strong feelings about energy efficiency and green building. And we don't always agree! But we are commited to building a best homes we can and bringing you along on our journey to figure out exactly what that means! Thanks for checking out our site. My Google Profile+