The residential sector is responsible for 21% of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions
Building occupants use 12.2% of the total water consumed in the U.S. every day, 74.4% of which is used for residential needs
43% of total building-related construction and demolotion debris is generated from residential sources
The Benefits of a Green Home
Green homes – like LEED-certified homes – can have myriad benefits for your family, your environmental footprint, and your wallet. Generally, green homes are more comfortable and durable, more energy and water efficient, and have a smaller overall environmental footprint than conventional homes.
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 International Energy Code Council’s 2006 code. Less energy use means lower utility bills every month throughout the life
of the house.
Sean Smith, USGBC Colorado Residential Green Building Advocate
Questions about residential green construction? Contact Sean Smith
Sean Smith is a licensed general contractor and business owner in the Denver area. Sean renovates and builds homes for clients who demand high-quality, green homes and cutting-edge, eco-friendly amenities. His projects have been certified under the EPA's ENERGY STAR program and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes program. Watch Sean in action as he hosts HGTV's Professional Grade. Read full bio.
Green Residential Updates
Colorado LEED for Homes Providers:
Architectural Energy Corp (AEC) Kristin Shewfelt
2540 Frontier Avenue, Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80301
EnergyLogic Carissa Sawyer
PO Box N, 525 East County Rd 8
Berthoud, CO 80513
Project Team Questions:
Are you a LEED for Homes project team member with a question? Ask away!
Interested in working with us to promote high performance green homes in Colorado?
Contact Patti Mason, USGBC Colorado Director of Advocacy.