Local Remodeling and Architectural Firms Team Up for Platinum Redesign

LEED Certification environment green buildingThere is no higher sustainable honor for a remodeled home than to be certified as LEED Platinum status. Ann Arborites Patricia Harroun, of Cardea Construction Company, and Michael Klement AIA, of Architectural Resource, are pleased to announce that, thanks to their artisanship and teamwork, one of their Ann Arbor homes, on 3160 Dwight Street, is in the process of certification for that prestigious green honor.

The home is one of only ten homes that will be on display as part of the upcoming 2015 NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes April 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 26 from noon to 6 p.m. NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, is the only independent national association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a voluntary, market-driven green building certification program that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to recognize best-in-class building strategies and practices. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of LEED certification. To achieve LEED Platinum status, the highest level attainable, a home must earn a certain point total in eight essential resource categories as determined through rigorous evaluations by three separate third-party entities: the local Green Rater, Greenlife Building; the State LEED Provider, GreenHome Institute; and the national Green Building Certification Institute.

kitchen1Upon certification, the Dwight Street home will become one of 46 homes in all of Michigan, including both new construction homes and remodels, to have achieved Platinum status since the ranking system was developed in 2008. LEED Platinum homes offer owners healthier, resource-conserving, more durable, more sustainable, super energy-efficient dwellings.

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What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

LEED stands for green building leadership.

LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.

LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. Still curious about what LEED is or why you should use it?

Certification is the final step in the LEED review process.

There are four levels of certification – the number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. Typical certification thresholds are:

  • Certified
    40-49 Points
  • Silver
    50-59 Points
  • Gold
    60-79 Points
  • Platinum
    80+ Points

from www.usgbc.org/leed

Cardea Construction is a Green builder

Virtually every home feature has available options that improve energy efficiency, resource efficiency and air quality. Green building prioritizes effective site design and development as an initial focus for resource-efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of construction.

Cardea utilizes sustainable products and sustainable building techniques:

  • water heaters, toilets, faucets

Cardea pays attention to healthy indoor air and uses low-outgassing products:

  • carpet, paint, caulk, glue, cabinets, flooring

Cardea Construction focuses on energy efficiency:

  • insulation, type and amount
  • weatherizing* your home
  • appliances- furnace, ranges, water heaters, refrigerators
  • air flow and heating/cooling- siding and roofing, solar, voltaic panels
  • passive design

* Ask me to explain weatherizing