College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Andrew Kline, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Sustainable building has been an aspect of the construction industry for over 30 years and over the past decade has been a major emphasis in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industries. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) leads the push in creating a standard for building sustainably with a certification system that tracks the achievements. A point system has been created that gives builders criteria to follow to receive a LEED certification. This certification has been used widely in commercial construction but not as commonly in residential construction. This study aims to look at LEED in the residential building sector through four semi-structured interviews to see whether homebuilders see the need for it and whether homeowners understand its value. Three themes came out of the interviews including the similarities of California Building Codes and LEED practices, homeowners desires for sustainable construction, and the internal desire for many builders to build sustainably even without a certificate. The study found that homebuilders don’t see the need for LEED certified homes due to the sustainability standards that they already follow, and since it isn’t what homeowners want. However, homebuilders did feel that there are ways to improve upon sustainability in residential construction.

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