Prefab Home Earns LEED-Platinum
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2007 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
January 01, 2007
Prefab housing, which was once primarily associated with low-quality manufactured dwellings, is gaining popularity with innovative new modern designs, affordable prices, and green features. One of the companies that specializes in greener prefab houses, LivingHomes, just received a LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Platinum rating for one of its model homes. LivingHomes’ model home, designed by Southern California architect Ray Kappe, FAIA, is the first residential project in the country to attain a Platinum rating. “While the residential market is a new area for LEED and USGBC, the LEED for Homes pilot program moves us closer towards our ultimate goal of transforming the built environment on all levels,” says Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chair. “The LivingHomes’ model home is expected to demonstrate that incorporating sustainable design into the construction process will help to lower operating costs, increase home value, reduce maintenance issues, and improve indoor environmental quality in the long-term.” LEED-H’s main purpose is to provide a national standard for defining green homes’ features. The program is based on a four-tiered rating system (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum) that awards points to projects based on their efficient ...
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