I have just been notified – finally – that the house has been certified LEED Silver. LEED for Homes is the pre-eminent rating system for Green Homes – at least it is currently the most demanding and hardest to satisfy. To get there, it had to be approved first as Energy Star rated. In addition to the energy efficiency rating, there are various things that contribute tot the LEED rating.
I was only aiming for basic LEED certification; in fact with a little more effort (and some expense) we could have qulaified for Gold certification. Beyond that is the highest rating, Platinum. That generally takes some serious money, as well as a house that is significanlty smaller than the average, to achieve.