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Green & Healthy Homes and Communities

LEED for HomesLEED For Homes

Designed for new homes and major renovations, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. It is applicable to many home types including affordable housing, mass-production homes, custom designs, stand-alone single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses, suburban low-rise apartments, urban high-rise apartments and condominiums and lofts in historic buildings.   more>>

New! Download a one-page snapshot summary of the LEED for Homes rating system.

Certified LEED Homes in Illinois

Click images to view Project Profiles for LEED Certified homes, courtesy of AES.
LEED Silver - Bloomingdale, IL

LEED Silver single-family
Peluso Residence
Bloomingdale, IL
Project Profile

LEED Gold - Highland Park, IL

LEED Gold multi-family
Hyacinth Place
Highland Park, IL
Project Profile

LEED Platinum - Chicago, IL

LEED Platinum single-family
Yannell Residence
Chicago, IL
Project Profile

LEED Platinum gut rehab - Chicago, IL

LEED Platinum single-family gut-rehab
Helenowski Residence
Chicago, IL
Project Profile

Why live in a LEED home?  The video below explains the benefits.


Other Rating Systems

More than 70 local or regional green home building programs exist in the United States. Each of these programs is unique, with its own specifications and requirements. Please note that these guidelines may not require documentation and independent, third-party verification. These programs are neither endorsed by nor affiliated with the USGBC and are provided for informational purposes only.



Illinois Energy Code
On January 29, 2010, the state of Illinois has adopted the 2009 version of the International Energy Conservation Code, IECC 2009, which is applicable to most municipalities except those with over 1 million residents (i.e. Chicago).  This code is the first statewide energy code, or remodeling code, ever adopted. It requires builders, remodelers, and architects to be well-versed in building science. The code goes above IECC 2003, the current baseline for an ENERGY STAR or LEED-certified home. This will result in many new homes meeting the requirements for ENERGY STAR certification, the first step towards LEED certification. Learn more about IECC 2009 at or view a comparison of LEED vs IECC 2009.

The Green Home Guide
The USGBC's Green Home Guide website includes resources for finding green architects and builders, what makes a home green, green home programs, living green, REGREEN remodeling guidelines, and news and events. more>>

ASID and USGBC partnered to develop best practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for sustainable residential improvement projects. This resource also includes a green product checklist and case studies. more>>

Healthy House Institute
The Healthy House Institute (HHI) provides consumers information to make their homes healthier. HHI strives to be the most comprehensive educational resource available for creating healthier homes.  more>>

Frequently Asked Questions for Home Builders
Frequently Asked Questions for Home Buyers

USGBC-Illinois Chapter Residential Green Building Committee

LEED for Homes news and developments in Illinois

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