What is Green Certification?
A certified green home is a home that has been third-party inspected, tested and verified to meet specific design and performance criteria for such things as site improvements and landscaping, energy efficiency, water usage, materials, and indoor air quality. Testing and inspections are conducted by trained individuals who specialize in rating home performance and evaluating construction methods and materials.
Why Green Certification?
The protective covenants at Kelsey Brook are good for the environment and good for the individual property owners. Green certification establishes a high standard of quality for all new homes constructed at Kelsey Brook. This helps ensure the sustainability of the built environment and subsequently, the value of each individual property. This standard of value is matched by the development's overall vision for protecting valuable natural elements with the open space utilizing a conservation easement and on each lot by limiting clearing of vegetation to only that which is necessary for the construction process. Kelsey Brook's third-party certified, green-built homes. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a voluntary, third-party certification program offered by the US Green Building Council and the preferred program for this purpose. The USGBC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving and promoting green building practices throughout the United States. However, several other certification programs are available to choose from including Energy Star for Homes, Passive House and NAHB's National Green Building Standard. Other certification programs may be considered on a case by case basis.
What is LEED for Homes?
Homes built to LEED standards are more energy efficient than conventionally built houses and conserve resources by selecting materials that are derived from or manufactured following sustainable practices, including FSC lumber and materials with high recycled content. They incorporate careful site planning and building orientation to protect landscapes and maximize opportunities for passive heating and cooling. They also employ energy and water conservation techniques throughout, saving both resources and money. Considerable attention is placed upon creating a healthy indoor environment for the occupants, so lighting, air quality and a careful sourcing of materials and finishes is emphasized to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.
In short, a LEED built home is the quintessential green home. More efficient and less expensive to operate, quality and durability throughout, good for the environment, good for you and good for your pocketbook. We're excited by the opportunity to present these uniquely built homes and hope you will be too. Please contact us for further information about any of the lots at or building options available at Kelsey Brook. Thank you!
For more information, please see the Kelsey Brook Green Building Guidelines.