LEED for Homes

North Carolina Green Building Hits a Milestone

Posted on May 05,2015 by ScottG in green building

An organization promoting green building in North Carolina that started 15 years ago with a handful of building professionals is now celebrating the certification of the 1,000th home under its Green Built North Carolina program. A 2,000-square-foot three-bedroom house at 87 Fenner Avenue in Asheville pushed the Western North Carolina Green Building Council past the mark in April.

Recent Changes to LEED for Homes — Part 2

Posted on May 05,2015 by AnnEdminster in LEED for Homes

In this concluding part of my two-part blog series on the soon-to-be-released LEED for Homes version 4, I follow up my introduction to the topic (Part 1), in which I covered some major structural makeovers from LEED for Homes 2008. In that blog, I also discussed changes in just two categories: Water Efficiency (WE) and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ). On balance, I found those two categories to be most improved … not that I didn’t have some critiques!

Recent Changes to LEED for Homes — Part 1

Posted on May 05,2015 by AnnEdminster in LEED

My perspective on the latest version of the LEED for Homes standard (version 4) has an inescapably historic slant. This doesn’t mean that I categorically reject change. In fact, much as a parent reserves the right to be her child’s most ardent fan and harshest critic at times, I have not been at all hesitant to point out flaws in LEED for Homes over the years since the launch of the pilot.

The U.S. Now Has 37,000 LEED Housing Units

Posted on May 05,2015 by ScottG in LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council says it will release green building market reports for all 50 states over the course of the summer, beginning with Florida. In an announcement posted at the USGBC web site, technical policy director Jeremy Sigmon said the reports would cover "green building facts, figures, policy context, stand-out projects and more."

Builders Complete ‘Canada’s Greenest Home’

Posted on May 05,2015 by ScottG in Canada

A sustainable building school in Ontario has completed work on a 2,400-sq. ft. net-zero energy house it's calling “Canada's Greenest Home.” Now on the market for $649,000, the house incorporates a variety of features that enhance indoor air quality and energy and water efficiency, including a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, a 5-kW photovoltaic system, and nontoxic interior finishes. (GBA last reported on this house in a February 2012 news story, “Teaching Deep Green by Building It.”)

U.S. Green Building Council Marks 20th Anniversary

Posted on May 05,2015 by ScottG in Fedrizzi

The U.S. Green Building Council, the organization that launched the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for new and renovated buildings, marks its 20th birthday this month. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit association that promotes sustainable materials and building practices.

A U.S.-Made Door for Passivhaus Buildings

Posted on May 05,2015 by Fretboard in door

Builder Hammer & Hand, based in Portland, Oregon, has developed a design and production strategy for exterior doors that conform to the Passivhaus performance standard.

USGBC and Home Depot Launch Green Products Site

Posted on May 05,2015 by Fretboard in Home Depot

The U.S. Green Building Council and Home Depot have collaborated on a microsite on the retailer’s website that allows homeowners and homebuilders to search the store’s database for green products, many of which can contribute points or help meet prerequisites for LEED for Homes projects.

It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?

Posted on May 05,2015 by CarlSeville in certification

LEED for Homes 2012, the new version planned for release at the end of this year, is in the third and final comment period before it is voted on and officially adopted. Comments are open only through March 20, so if you work with this program, it behooves you to check it out and make your comments soon. I spet several hours recently reviewing the current draft and this post will include my opinion on where it is better than the current one and where it could still use some improvement.

Hanley Award Goes to Energy Star’s Sam Rashkin

Posted on May 05,2015 by Fretboard in architect

Architect and urban planner Sam Rashkin made the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for Homes program, which he has managed since its launch in 1995, one of the most widely cited standards in the residential construction industry.

LEED Certification as an Afterthought

Posted on May 05,2015 by CarlSeville in HVAC

I was recently hired to be the Green Rater on a LEED for Homes project that is already under construction. This particular project is a fraternity house and the delay was due to a late decision to pursue LEED certification. Apparently there was some confusion as to whether it was a commercial or residential building and if it should be considered a single family or multifamily structure. All these issues preceded my involvement – I am now involved and will work diligently to keep the project on track.

USGBC Announces 2011 LEED for Homes Awards

Posted on May 05,2015 by Fretboard in affordability

One of the highlights scheduled for the “Residential Summit” at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, underway in Toronto, was the presentation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2011 LEED for Homes Awards.

First Look at Affordable LEED Townhomes

Posted on May 05,2015 by CarlSeville in affordable housing

My associate Abe Kruger and I are the green raters on a set of 18 affordable townhomes currently under construction for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Housing Authority. We were brought in after design and specifications were complete, so we did not have as much influence on the project as we would have liked. Regardless, it is a good project with a very involved and cooperative team. With this in mind we hopped in my car for the two-hour drive up I-75 recently for the first pre-drywall inspection.

Henry Gifford Continues His Case Against LEED

Posted on May 05,2015 by Fretboard in Department of Energy

Sometimes it seems as if debates about how best to increase the energy efficiency of buildings – and about the relative importance of energy efficiency in green building – are bound to outlive the buildings themselves. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course, for people who want to see green building flourish while building science and building materials improve.

‘GreenPoint Rated’: A Green Label for California Homes

Posted on May 05,2015 by Fretboard in Build It Green

With a relatively stringent building code already in place, California seems to have a running start in cultivating homeowner interest in green building and remodeling. But it still doesn’t hurt to further highlight the merits of energy-efficient homes, tout their environmental virtues, and, when projects are complete and their green features verified, certify the results in a way that homeowners can market to future buyers.

How to Cheat* at LEED for Homes

Posted on May 05,2015 by CarlSeville in LEED for Homes

The subject of many of my talks, as well as a chapter in the upcoming green building textbook I am co-authoring is the concept of “Green From the Start.” I realize this isn’t all that original, but it is critically important and is always worth repeating, at least until everyone understands and actually does it – then I suppose we can all shut up and go home.

LEED for Homes Online Scoring Tool

Posted on May 05,2015 by Fretboard in LEED for Homes

For all the awareness prospective homebuyers and homeowners might have of the LEED brand, it’s reasonable to expect many of them haven’t dug into the details of its residential rating system, LEED for Homes. Last week, the U.S.

LEED for Homes Online Scoring Tool Needs a Lot More Work

Posted on May 05,2015 by CarlSeville in LEED for Homes

The USGBC just released its online scoring tool for LEED for Homes, a much-anticipated advance in the program. After months of announcements and requests for people to sign up, the tool was finally available to the public on February 28th. I took some time to run through it, and I can report there are things to like about it, but it needs a lot more work to be truly useful.

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