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LEED H - Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design (LEED) certification is given by the the US Green Building Council and has been applied to commercial and institutional buildings since 1998. LEED H (for homes) are measures of sustainable building practices in a residential home. The sustainability of a home in 8 different categories is evaluated for a total possible score of 136. There are 4 achievement levels, the highest level being platinum—a level the ECO-STRUCTURE design is intended to achieve. For more details see the LEED/Homes website at:

http://www.usgbc.org/



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Many salvaged and recycled materials are used; many recyclable materials, long-lasting materials or very energy efficient materials are used. Multi-function areas save space. Some recycled interior products carry the theme through the house as well.

How we qualify for LEED

ENERGY HARVESTING
Solar water heating, solar siting (standard)
Solar photovoltaic and wind turbine (optional)
Geothermal air preconditioning

WATER
Rainwater harvesting with gravity-fed cisterns
Grey water recycling
Composting toilets
Automatic shut-off showers and sinks

ENERGY CONSERVATION
Small footprint
Automatic light shut-offs
Energy-Star appliances
Induction cooktop
Washer/dryer combo, water-saving
High efficiency water-saving dishwasher
Composting kitchen sink/disposal
Low voltage central vac
Window shutters–insulated
(automation of shutters optional)
Radiant floor heating

AIR QUALITY
Controlled ventilation
Low VOC paints
Formaldehyde-free materials

MATERIALS
Purchased from less
than 250 miles away
New wood:
FSC certified
Other wood:
Recycled
Floor covering:
Recycled rubber
Decks and supports:
Recycled steel and aluminum
Countertops:
Recycled tile and glass