Faculty residence wins LEED for Homes Award
The Taft School Faculty Home, verified by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. is a recipient of the LEED Homes Awards in the Outstanding Single Family Project of the Year category.
The annual LEED Homes Awards recognize architects, developers, homebuilders and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace.
“Homes represent a critical piece of the buildings industry and our daily life,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “We applaud these amazing honorees for their significant contribution to greening the residential sector by implementing strategies that positively impact the environment and enhance the health and wellbeing of their occupants.”
The Taft School faculty home serves as a high performance residence and learning lab for students. It is Connecticut’s first building to achieve the LEED Platinum certification under the Building, Design and Construction rating system for Homes using the new and more stringent LEEDv4. The design and construction process is used as a teaching tool for science classes. The students monitor the energy use and there is also a vegetable garden, chickens and a rain garden on site as part of a comprehensive sustainability site.
“It’s truly a pleasure to work with a client who is willing to embrace third-party certifications and subsequently share that process,” stated SWA’s Karla Butterfield, the LEED Green Rater for the project. “SWA has collaborated with Elizabeth [Disalvo] of Trillium Architects and Chris [Trolle] from BPC Green Builders on several projects; it’s amazing how effortlessly they incorporate sustainability into the design and construction. Even with eight different certification programs to comply with, the verification process was made easy working with this professional, dedicated team.”
The LEED Homes Award winners include multi-family, single-family and affordable housing projects and companies that are trailblazers in the residential sector and have prioritized incorporating sustainability within their projects in 2015. This year, for the first time, the awards also recognize the “LEED Homes Power Builders,” which USGBC developed to honor an elite group of developers and builders who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to LEED and the green building movement within the residential sector.
In order to be considered as a Power Builder, developers and builders must have LEED certified 90 percent of their homes/unit count built in 2015. Homes at any LEED certification level – certified, silver, gold or platinum – were eligible for consideration.
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) has become the world’s most recognized rating system for green buildings. The LEED for Homes rating system was created in 2008 as a way for single-family homes and multi-family buildings to achieve LEED certification. LEED for Homes projects undergo a technically rigorous process to become certified, including multiple on-site inspections and diagnostic tests. Quality control and quality assurance are built into the process so that builders, architects and homeowners can rest assured they get what they paid for and specified. More than 1.2 million residential units are currently participating in LEED.
Read more about LEED and other green construction programs.