LEED for Homes

LEED for HomesUS Green Building Council

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED-certified homes bring benefits that help people, the planet, and of course help your pocketbook.  Here’s how:

Healthy People

  • LEED homes are healthy homes – reducing allergens, and triggers for asthma and chemical sensitivity
  • LEED homes use non-toxic materials that lower exposure to mold and mildew
  • LEED homes are thoughtfully designed to eliminate uncomfortable rooms

Environmental Benefits of a LEED home

  • Reduce the impact of a home’s construction
  • Use less energy reducing pollution from fossil fuel sources
  • Use materials more efficiently
  • Integrate into their local environment

Economic Benefits of a LEED home

  • Durable structures that are built to last, with less maintenance
  • Reduced electricity and water bills
  • Receive insurance discounts
  • Increases appraised property value

One of the main purposes of the LEED for Homes program is to guide homeowners to new homes that meet this definition. A home buyer needs only to look for a certified LEED home to readily identify a true green home that has been third-party inspected and certified as a “LEED home” offering numerous benefits to home owners, including lower energy bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; increased comfort, less exposure to indoor pollutants such as mold, mildew and other indoor toxins, and lower maintenance costs. Owners of LEED homes can feel good every day, in that they are doing something substantial to lessen their contribution to environmental degradation.

Most importantly, these benefits are very affordable. The net monthly cost of owning a LEED home (i.e., mortgage payment plus utility bills) is comparable to that of the monthly cost of owning a conventional code-built home. The increase in the mortgage payment (due to the first cost of the green upgrade measures in a LEED home) is usually completely offset by the reduced monthly utility bills. So, a homebuyer can have all of the benefits of a LEED Home for the same net monthly cost as a code-built home. Which one would you choose?

The inspected and performance-tested LEED homes substantially outperform conventional homes.

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Sustainability

Jaclyn Heights has been designed for LEED for Homes Certification as well as Energy Star and NAHB Green Certified making it one of very few of its kind in the state of New Jersey.

The LEED for Homes Certification is a collaboration initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council to promote sustainability practices in the design, construction and operation of high performances green buildings.

The LEED for Homes rating is a nationally accepted benchmark which measures the overall performance of a home in eight categories:

  1. Innovation & Design.
    Special design methods contributing to the sustainability of the home.
  2. Location & Linkages.
    The placement of the home in socially and environmentally responsible ways in relation to the larger community such as proximity to transportation, shopping and open spaces.
  3. Sustainable Sites.
    The use of the entire property so as to minimize the project’s impact on the site.
  4. Water Efficiency.
    Water-efficient practices both indoors and outdoors.
  5. Energy & Atmosphere.
    Energy efficiency, particularly in the building envelope and heating and cooling design.
  6. Materials & Resources.
    Efficient selection and utilization of environmentally preferable materials, and minimization of waste during construction.
  7. Indoor Environmental Quality.
    Improvement of indoor air quality by reducing the creation of and exposure to pollutants.
  8. Awareness & Education.
    The education of the homeowner, tenant, and/or building manager about the operation and maintenance of the green features of a LEED home.

LEED Features that will be offered at Jaclyn Height

Jaclyn Heights will be one of the very few Silver LEED Certified multifamily buildings in the State of New Jersey that will be accredited with certifications from Energy Star and NGBS as well.

Its units will have the following features:

Location & Linkages

Jaclyn Heights will have earned, at its completion, the maximum amount of LEED points for being within ½ mile of at least fourteen basic community resources such as entertainment, houses of worship, hospitals, shopping and restaurants.  Jaclyn Heights is located 0.1 miles of Miller Park, childcare is within .5 miles and public transportation is at walking distance encouraging less dependency on the use of automobiles and minimizing their impact on our planet.

Sustainable Sites

Jaclyn Heights sustainable features includes minimizing the use of the entire property to minimize the impact on the site and taking steps to prevent pest problems by virtually eliminating unwanted openings into the building.

Water Efficiency

All units are equipped with high efficiency fixtures and fittings such as low flow faucets, low flow showerheads and high efficiency toilets.  Low flow fixtures conserve water and can dramatically reduce home water consumption by as much as 50%.

Energy & Atmosphere

All units at Jaclyn Heights will be tested for its energy efficiency by an accredited Energy Star inspector.  Energy Star is a program that has combined its efforts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S Department of Energy to help us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practice.  Appliances such as dishwashers, thermostats and furnaces are all Energy Star products.   All windows are high performance Energy Star consisting of two panel glass. Designed and constructed to further reduce the amount of heat passing thru the window.

Materials and Resources

The interior walls and floors at Jaclyn Heights were manufactured off-site in a qualified controlled facility, then shipped and assembled at the job. This type of off-site fabrication helps reduce construction waste. In addition, all the construction waste from the job itself is sorted, recycled and in turn diverted from landfills and incinerators.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Jaclyn Heights has taken numerous steps to increase the indoor environmental quality of each unit during construction.  Ductwork sealed to minimize contamination, bathroom and kitchen fans to dissipate air and gases outside of the building and to promote good clean air quality in the home.  Lastly, all units will be flushed with fresh air for 48 total hours prior to occupancy by running the HVAC continuously with all windows and doors open.

Awareness & Education

All units will include an Operations and Maintenance Manual to help educate every occupant/homeowner about the units’ features and equipment.  The manuals contain the LEED and NAHB Green information regarding the certification of the buildings, owner’s manuals for all the installed appliances and general information of the efficiency use of energy and functionality of your green home.

The occupants/homeowners will also receive a one-hour orientation reviewing the operation of their equipment, appliances and fixtures.

Lastly, the Homeowner’s Association Manager/Building Manager will receive a similar manual with all the required information for the entire project along with a minimum one-hour orientation to review all the installed equipment, appliances and fixtures.