Here at Redknot Homes, we take our love of crafting beautiful homes and combine it with environmental initiatives to deliver the best home possible for you and your family. To do this, we specialize in building LEED certified homes that contribute many benefits to the homeowner, community, and ecosystem. Learn more about what being LEED certified means below.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a certification process that was set up by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify green homes. LEED for Homes is an initiative designed to promote the transformation of the mainstream homebuilding industry toward more sustainable practices. It is a collaborative initiative that actively works with all sectors of the homebuilding industry to target new homes with best practice environmental features.
LEED certified homes save owners money on utility costs because of their advanced energy efficiency. Projects can earn one of four LEED rating levels: LEED, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, LEED Platinum.
LEED certified homes are energy efficient and not only save owners thousands in utility costs but also receive a significant tax abatement in the city of Cincinnati. Homeowners can save thousands of dollars in property tax each year by building a LEED home in the city. The below chart is a representation of the various LEED levels and their corresponding maximum tax abatement amounts and durations. LEED is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained, and operated.
|Non LEED Certified||Max Abatement||$275,000||$275,000||$275,000||$275,000|
|LEED Certified||Max Abatement||$275,000||$275,000||$275,000||$275,000|
LEED Gold LBC Net Zero
|LEED Platinum LBC Petal||Max Abatement||No Limit||No Limit||No Limit||No Limit|
Read more about the City of Cincinnati’s tax abatement overview.
There are categories your building project can earn points in to place you at a certain LEED level. As a top builder of LEED certified homes in Cincinnati, we consider environmental improvements for each of these categories during our design-build process.
When selecting a location for a project, we take into account the property’s connection with the rest of the community and focus on aspects such as compact development and proximity to public transportation, restaurants, and parks. One of the main benefits of our building developments is that the majority of them are in walkable communities close to shopping, entertainment, and dining. This not only provides a more convenient lifestyle for the homeowner but reduces automotive fumes and emissions released in the environment.
The Sustainable Sites category rewards decisions about the environment surrounding the building, with credits that emphasize the vital relationships among buildings and ecosystem services. When evaluating the land for building, we consider potential environmental aspects such as the landscape and how it affects the home’s design. There is a reason that Cincinnati is nicknamed the City of 7 Hills as it is home to many hillside neighborhoods. Land in these neighborhoods require different structural engineering than homes built on flat lots. As experts in hillside building, we are skilled in meeting the additional zoning requirements to avoid drainage issues, flooding, and erosion.
The Water Efficiency LEED category addresses water holistically, looking at indoor use, outdoor use, specialized uses, and metering. The section is based on an “efficiency first” approach to water conservation. There are a variety of ways to reduce the amount of water used in your project. For instance, we upgrade toilets and other appliances to water-efficient systems that save money and protect the environment.
The Energy and Atmosphere category addresses energy use reduction, energy-efficient design strategies, and renewable energy sources. To score in this category, we cater to energy-efficient feature requests such as the addition of solar panels and energy-efficient appliances.
The Materials and Resources LEED category focuses on minimizing the energy cost and other impacts associated with the extraction, processing, transport, maintenance, and disposal of building materials. To fully benefit the environment, we use non-toxic paints, and re-use foundation structure materials when possible such as cement, glass, wood, and steel when building. Not only does this help the environment but it also cuts down on building costs as well.
The Indoor Environmental Quality category focuses on indoor air quality and thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort. Air quality, lighting quality, acoustic design, and control over one’s surroundings influence the way people learn, work, and live. Both our semi-custom and custom homes earn points through natural lighting, advanced air filtration, and consistent temperature controls.
Points for innovative, green design requires more creativity but we are up to the challenge. Designs that create open space and natural flow are key in this category, so we incorporate these features into our home plans as often as possible.
If you are passionate about the environment and saving money on your home, then a LEED home could be the best option for you. If you’re interested in building a custom or semi-custom home schedule a free consultation with us today.