Home Depot awards $375,000 grant for LEED development

In a move that could increase the affordable housing community’s involvement in energy-efficient design, the Home Depot Foundation recently extended a $375,000 grant to the U.S. Green Building Council for its new LEED for Homes rating system. The system, which awards points and certification for energy-efficient building practices, is intended to provide a tool for home builders, homeowners, and local governments for building resource-efficient living spaces.

In particular, the grant will benefit the Initiative for Affordable Housing, which will include a reference manual, pilot demonstration of LEED for Homes in six markets, and new affordable housing training sessions at the Greenbuild International Conference and Exposition this November in Atlanta.

Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president and CEO said he hopes the grant will broaden the energy efficiency standard’s reach in the affordable housing market.