The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programsdeveloped and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council are growing on a global scale, growing so rapidly that the USGBC is feeling the need to expand their resources for providing certification, possibly to include private organizations. The idea is now under consideration.
At this time they have ten programs, one of the newest of which is LEED for Homes, which emerged not long ago from the pilot program.
A number of other organizations have programs (called “labeling programs”) and many are competing to have their program become the U.S. Green Building Standard.
While it’s still too early to predict where all this will lead, or how quickly, it’s a good idea to be prepared to take advantage of the situation if things work out such that home inspectors can wind up providing certification services for some of these environmentally-conscious building programs.
If InterNACHI can provide education, qualification and manpower it’ll be a win/win situation for inspectors and environmental programs needing qualified inspectors.
But in the end, Marcel, the owner should have overall lower operational/ownership costs (amortization + heating/cooling/electrical/maintenance) if the assumptions/calculations under LEEDS had sound reasoning and good execution.
The USGBC LEED for Homes program is still really just getting off the ground, and various legislation is still to be passed at state and federal levels. In some areas this will take some time and in some areas, it’s already been happening for a while.
Both climate change perceptions and rising energy costs will build the movement toward programs and legislation concening energy-efficiency in homes. This will result, actually has resulted, in inspection-based needs for which no solutions have existed.
We’re creating inspection-based programs and services to meet those needs as they develop. As voluntary programs, mandates and incentives come into existance, we want InterNACHI inspectors to be qualified and ready with the tools they need.
Kenton, thanks for the update and all you do, I have seen some commercial projects in NH utilising the Leeds program but residential seems slow. With the increase in fuel costs I’m sure this program will accelerate quickly.
Look forward to this new thread and being part of it.