It can be more or less expensive depending on the size of the project you are working on. It also may be less expensive if you are working with a company that knows how to deal with LEED-certified homes. For instance, the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (located in the Midwestern U.S.) claims to have a minumum cost for producing a single-family LEED-certified home of between 2,500 and 3,000 dollars. My advice is to research construction firms in your area and see what kinds of prices they give you for LEED certification.
Typically, to become LEED certified, or LEED Bronze or Silver it does not cost significantly more for materials and labor if the designer knows what they are doing. However, to become LEED Gold or Platinum it takes a bit more to appease some extraneous design requirements that probably won’t make the building significantly more sustainable. Like achieving the criteria of showing innovation in design, which is pretty arbitrary.
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