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Oakland Home Renovation Gets Platinum Rating

PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. David and Sara Gottfried's Oakland bungalow has been renovated to achieve a LEED for Homes platinum rating. David Gottfried founded the U.S. Green Building Council.
Image Credit: Sara Gottfried

Awarded More LEED Points Than Any Other Renovation in the U.S.

OAKLAND, CA — Homeowners David and Sara Gottfried have received a LEED Platinum rating for their recently completed home renovation in Oakland. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, which David Gottfried founded, their 1,440-square-foot home received the highest LEED for Homes score — 106.5 points out of a possible 136 — of any residential renovation in the country.

The 1915 bungalow now boasts new Marvin windows with low-e double glazing, a 2.7-kW photovoltaic array, a solar thermal system, a rainwater collection system for toilet flushing, and a gray-water recycling system to irrigate the garden. For more information, visit


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