Weâ€™re in a $17 billion market for new green homes, so it makes sense that the USGBC and Home Depot would team up to make green building products more accessible. Today, the USGBC and Home Depot announced a new database â€“ available through LEEDHomeDepot.com â€“ currently listing more than 2,500 products that contribute towards LEED for Homes certification.
All of the products on the database are sold by Home Depot and include insulation, windows, fixtures, appliances, sealants, countertops, doors, flooring, etc. The database will certainly make it easier for purchasers to find better green home products in all categories.
Yet one small thing to keep in mind is the fact that LEED for Homes requires a lot more than simply racking up green products that might contribute toward 45 (Certified), 60 (Silver), 75 (Gold), or 90 (Platinum) points. LEED has various prerequisites and products alone, without good design and proper construction, hardly make a green home.
Lindsay Chason, senior manager of Environmental Innovation at The Home Depot, said: â€œwe want to show our customers that building green can be easy and affordable â€¦ we have innovative, environmentally-friendly products that make LEED certification simpler,â€ according to a statement.
Credits: Home Depot.