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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Why a metal roof?

From Metal Roof Network


Metal roofs are available in more styles, profiles, colors and patterns than any other roof material. Regardless of your architectural style, you can find a complimentary metal roof that will look beautiful and out-perform the competition.


Nothing lasts forever, but a metal roof could endure for many lifetimes. Look at the roofs topping countless famed cathedrals and castles in Europe and historic buildings like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or the Washington Monument – all examples of metal roofs lasting centuries. If priorities for your roof include low maintenance and longevity, metal should be one of your first choices.


Thanks to their light weight and range of profiles, the metal roofing category offers building owners more choices than any other material – particularly for a re-roofing project. There are very few materials that go over existing roofs as successfully as metal. In fact, metal is one of the only materials that can lay over nearly any existing roof assembly. A metal roof can be the perfect material for replacing an old or failing roof and upgrading the entire building at the same time.


No roof can guarantee that a house won’t catch fire, but incombustible metal roofs can eliminate the roof as a fire risk. Metal roofs are also smart choices in earthquake-prone areas thanks to their light weight and rigidity. Consider this – even the lightest of asphalt shingles is nearly double the weight of an average metal roof. Another big advantage of a properly configured metal roof is tremendous resistance to high winds. In fact, there is no better material for resisting the damage of extreme weather.

Because metal roofs are mechanically fastened and don’t rely on a rapidly aging adhesive like an asphalt roof (which is why wind warranties on asphalt roofs all expire after only five years!), they are the most durable material for all weather conditions.


Most metal roofs are manufactured with a significant percentage of recycled material, closing the loop for efficient use of materials, and they offer assemblies that dramatically reduce the amount of heat accumulated in an attic, making them very energy efficient. Some metal roofs are Energy Star certified; all offer exceptional longevity, lowering life-cycle costs and the impact on our diminishing landfills.

See the metal roof we installed on the home we remodeled on the NARI Home Tour, Ann Arbor. April 25-26.