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Homes that are certified under the LEED program, or Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design, present myriad benefits, most of which you’re probably familiar with. First and foremost, the comprehensive guidelines are aimed at ensuring the house is as eco-friendly as possible. As a result, the energy-saving systems that are required will significantly lower your bills and increase the long-term value of your home as more and more buyers are opting for sustainable housing solutions.

Lesser known, however, are the health benefits of living in a LEED-certified home, of which there are plenty. Here are just a few of the ways going green is good for you and the whole family!

Removal of Air Pollutants

With strict standards surrounding minimum indoor air quality, homes that have received the designation provide a literal breath of fresh air. State-of-the-art ventilation and air filtering systems can monitor air flow while removing pollutants, dust, and mold spores.

More Natural Light

The certification process rewards homes that connect inhabitants to the outdoors, reinforce circadian rhythms, and reduce the need for lighting through increased natural light. For those who feel that being closer to nature and sunlight puts them in a better mood, that’s just another reason to look for a LEED-certified home.

Free of Toxic Chemicals

The U.S. Green Building Council, which oversees the LEED program, is committed to ensuring living spaces are free of dangerous toxins that may be present in conventional building materials. Characteristics like radon-resistant construction and fewer volatile organic compounds mean your living environment has your wellbeing in mind.

Proximity to Walking and Biking Paths

LEED homes are incentivized to be located near walking and biking paths in order to promote clean transportation. In addition to improving your community’s air quality, this also promotes an active lifestyle to keep you on the move.

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