The LEED for Homes Rating System measures the overall performance of a home in 8 categories
- Innovation & Design Process (ID). Special design methods, unique regional credits, measures not currently addressed in the Rating System, and exemplary performance levels.
- Location & Linkages (LL). The placement of homes in socially and environmentally responsible ways in relation to the larger community.
- Sustainable Sites (SS). The use of the entire property so as to minimize the project’s impact on the site.
- Water Efficiency (WE). Water-efficient practices, both indoor and outdoor.
- Energy & Atmosphere (EA). Energy efficiency, particularly in the building envelope and heating and cooling design.
- Materials & Resources (MR). Efficient utilization of materials, selection of environmentally preferable materials, and minimization of waste during construction.
- Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ). Improvement of indoor air quality by reducing the creation of and exposure to pollutants.
- Awareness & Education (AE). The education of homeowner, tenant, and/or building manager about the operation and maintenance of the green features of a LEED home.