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The LEED rating system promotes sustainability in all aspects of the building process by measuring the performance of a home. LEED takes into consideration the following environmental categories:

LEED encourages attention to sustainable home design and performance that are shown to produce quantifiable human and health benefits and improve long term durability. (9 of 11 Credits)

Credits in this category are awarded for sustainable land-use, which includes: minimizing forest and farmland fragmentation, constructing with a need for fewer infrastructures, and discouraging dependence on personal automobiles. (10 of 10 credits)

This category supports responsible site design. Points are given for erosion control, minimized soil disturbance, native landscaping, surface water management, and pest control. (13 of 22 credits)

LEED promotes the installation of water efficiency measures in new homes, which can reduce water usage by at least 30%. This can be done through water reuse, attention to irrigation systems, and the use of low flow, high efficiency fixtures. (15 of 15 credits)

This category aims to minimize energy use in the home and emission release into the air. This is done by improving the energy performance of the home and by investing in energy-saving and climate friendly technologies. (36 of 38 credits)

Building material choice affects the environmental footprint of a home due to the extraction, processing, transportation, and disposal that they require. Focus on the selection of environmentally-preferable materials, utilizing material-efficient framing, and responsible waste management. (14 of 16 credits)

LEED strategies aim to prevent indoor air quality problems from arising and improve the air quality and comfort of the homes they build. This is done through source removal, source control, and dilution. It is generally much less expensive to take this approach than to identify and solve them after they occur. (17 of 21 credits)

Green construction training of homebuyers, building managers, tenants, and the public body is a necessary component to ensure that the full benefits of LEED measures are achieved. (14 of 16 credits)