Featured Green Home
Living Homes, a leading developer of modern prefab homes designed by world-class architects, has received the highest rating possible from the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) new pilot, LEED® for Homes rating system, making it the first residential project in the country to attain a Platinum rating and setting a new national standard in sustainable construction. The LivingHomes model home is a Zero Energy, Zero Water, Zero Waste, Zero Carbon, Zero Emissions residence, proving that less is indeed more.
"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," said 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. With fewer than 20 LEED Platinum-certified commercial buildings nationwide, achieving Platinum certification is by no means a simple endeavor. LivingHomes demonstrates an unwavering commitment to sustainable design and will be pivotal in building awareness for the program."
Since the LEED program's inception in 2000, 550 buildings have been certified and only 20 have achieved Platinum. In Los Angeles County, three projects have achieved a Platinum rating, including the NRDC Robert Redford Building in Santa Monica, the Lakeview Terrace Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Audobon Center in Northeast Los Angeles. No residences have received a Platinum rating to date, making LivingHomes the first homebuilder in the United States to reach such a level of environmental achievement. Through careful design, rigorous testing, and thorough integration of comprehensive environmental systems, LivingHomes has set the benchmark high for sustainable residential design.
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