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What is the difference between LEED for Homes and other green homebuilding programs?

LEED is a national third-party certification system for green homebuilding. It is designed to recognize leadership, so the program is rigorous and focused on measurable results. LEED for Homes features lots of support for builders who choose to work with the rating system, including Reference Guides, instructor-led workshops and online courses.

There are also more than 70 highly regarded local or regional green home building programs in the United States. (Visit www.usgbc.org/leed/homes for a complete list.) Each of these programs is unique, with its own specifications and requirements.

By reviewing the checklists for LEED and other available local or regional programs, you can choose the rating system that works best for your goals.