OHOME/C-ROOMs are designed and manufactured to obtain the highest LEED Ratings by the US Green Building Council.  LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most.  The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.

Environmental Benefits

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment.  The construction sector plays an essential role in improving the environment by continuing to improve the environmental performance of the world’s buildings and infrastructure.  Because of its products’ longevity, the construction industry is in a unique position to support environmental benefits both through every day job site practices and through lasting structural improvements.  In 2002 the construction sector released 131 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents, the third highest industrial sector emission level in the United States.  This doesn’t even account for the quantity of emissions given off once the building is completed and in working condition.  In the U.S. 18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the residential sector.  Using LEED will help to solve more than just greenhouse gas emission problems, but many other environmental concerns as well.  LEED-certified buildings are designed to:  Reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Health and / or Social Benefits

The importance of the indoor environment to human health has been highlighted in numerous environmental risk reports, including the 1997 report of the President and Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment and Risk Management.  On average, we spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, where pollutant levels are often higher than those outside.  Indoor pollution is estimated to cause thousands of cancer deaths and hundreds of thousands of respiratory health problems each year.  In addition, hundreds of thousands of children have experienced elevated blood lead levels resulting from their exposure to indoor pollutants.  LEED certified buildings use health conscious products such as non-lead paints as well as air and water filtration systems in order to obtain a healthy home for safe human living conditions.

Economic Benefits

The cost per square foot for buildings seeking LEED certification falls into the existing range of costs for buildings not seeking LEED certification. An upfront investment of 2% in green building design, on average, results in life cycle savings of 20% of the total construction costs – more than ten times the initial investment.  LEED-certified buildings are designed to:  Lower operating costs and increase asset value and qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities.