How do you know that you’re buying a ‘green home’? The Canada Green Building Council just introduced the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program ‘LEED’ Canada for Homes rating system. This third party certification program is perhaps the most rigorous in North America. If you’re considering a new build that is LEED certified, you will be buying a home that among other features, uses less energy, water and natural resources, creates less waste and provides a healthier and more comfortable environment for the people that live there. For a home to gain LEED certification, it must achieve performances measure in 8 categories: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness and Education. These homes are typically 70% more energy efficient!