Home improvement giant Home Depot has teamed up with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to launch a new tool for home builders and renovators seeking LEED certification: the LEED Initiative Points and Product Finder. The new tool falls under the Home Depotâ€™s LEED initiative, and provides customers with an online database to locate green building materials and systems for home construction.
The database currently features 2,500 green products sold at Home Depot in 20 different categories. Each product features a product description, user feedback, and an indication of how many points can be garnered from the installation of the product.
From a business perspective, the Home Depot has clearly done its homework.
It recognized that green buildings constitute a growing share of the construction market. The construction of green buildings has tripled since 2008, with the percentage of green residential buildings comprising 17 percent of the market in 2011. By 2016, green residential homes could achieve a 29 â€“ 38 percent market share.
So as builders increasingly turn to green home construction, Home Depot will be there to help them find the best green products â€“ and purchase them from its site.
According to Nate Kredich, vice president of Residential Development at USGBC: â€œThis database represents just one of the many ways in which The Home Depot is advancing sustainable, efficient and healthy homes by supporting green building and green products.
What are your thoughts on Home Depotâ€™s new LEED Initiative Points and Product Finder? Do you think it will be helpful for green home builders? Do you think it will be a successful product over the next few years?
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