LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- LivingHomes(R) (www.LivingHomes.us), 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(R) 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. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060816/LAW043 ) "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. "We are honored to achieve LEED Platinum certification," said LivingHomes Founder and CEO Steve Glenn. "As a company, we're committed to building some of the healthiest, most ecologically considered production homes available and we will use LEED for Homes both to clarify what we're doing and why -- and to help our customers understand what's different and important vis-a-vis other production homes. The LEED Platinum certification is an appropriate, and much-appreciated acknowledgement, of our efforts." Similar to the LEED program for new commercial construction, the LEED for Homes pilot is based on a four-tiered rating system (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum) that awards points to projects based on their efficient use of energy resources, water resources, building construction resources, land resources, and consideration of enhanced indoor environmental quality. The LivingHomes model home, designed by iconic Southern California architect Ray Kappe, FAIA, was awarded a total of 91 points out of 109, establishing the prefab developer as a leader in sustainable design. EVALUATION CATEGORIES POINTS AVAILABLE POINTS ATTAINED Location + Linkages (LL) 10 10 Sustainable Sites (SS) 14 14 Water Efficiency (WE) 15 15 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) 14 9 Materials + Resources (MR) 22 8 Energy + Atmosphere (EA) 29 32.5* Homeowner Awareness (HA) 1 1 Innovation + Design Process (ID) 4 1.5 TOTAL 109 91 Certified = 30-49 points / Silver = 50-69 points / Gold = 70-89 points / Platinum = 90-109 points * Awarded bonus points To meet the high standards set by the USGBC and to respond to the market's appetite for healthy, sustainable living, each LivingHome is designed to attain at least a Silver LEED rating. The model home incorporates a unique blend of materials and innovative environmental systems, earning the Platinum designation. The home's anticipated energy use is 80% more efficient than a conventional residence of similar size, which qualifies the home as an Energy Star(R) home. The majority of the home's energy will be produced by on-site photovoltaics. Water for irrigation will be reclaimed. Most of the materials in the home are re-used or sustainably created. The home was produced with 75% less construction waste compared to traditional home construction. The home features: * A photovoltaic system from Permacity/Gridpoint * Solar water heating and radiant floors from ACME Environmental and Creative Climate * Native landscape and rooftop garden designed by Richard Grigsby of The Great Outdoors * Super resource efficient Energy Star appliances from Bosch * Permlight LED lights that use a fraction of the power of conventional lights * An integrated stormwater management system which includes sub-surface irrigation and a 3500-gallon cistern and grey water recycling system designed by Bill Wilson Environmental Planning * Special fans from Panasonic that exhaust moisture from the bathrooms * A whole-house fan from Tamarack that automatically vents hot-air * A 175 CFM fan from Tamarack in the garage tied into the garage door automatically exhausts carbon monoxide from the garage * Low-e Solarban60 glazing on the Fleetwood doors and windows and Polygal polycarbonate glazing that has greater thermal properties than regular glass * Low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints and stains from AFM Safecoat * Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) wood for the millwork, ceiling, siding, and framing * 100% post-consumer recycled paper based countertops from Paperstone * Recycled glass tiles from Oceanside Glasstile * Recycled porcelain tiles from Coverings Etc. * Water-efficient fixtures by Kohler * Special roofing by Carlisle-Syntec * An energy-efficient spa by Jacuzzi * An indoor garden that serves to filter and produce clean indoor air * A carbon off-set for each home (LivingHomes pays for a carbon off-set for each home it sells as well as first year operation) LivingHomes is the first company to make LEED-certified, prefab homes available to consumers nationwide. The first line of homes, designed by Ray Kappe, is available for purchase right now. The second line of homes, designed by David Hertz, is currently under development. Go to www.livinghomes.us to view a time-lapse video of the installation and photos of the completed house. About LivingHomes(R) Founded by CEO Steve Glenn, LivingHomes (www.LivingHomes.us) is a premier developer of modern, prefab homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to health and sustainable construction. All LivingHomes products are designed to achieve at least a LEED for Home "silver" accreditation and incorporate an environmental program that is among the most comprehensive of any production home. The model home recently achieved "platinum" certification, making it the first home in the nation to be certified platinum and only one of 20 platinum buildings in the nation. Designed by renowned architects and constructed using natural and non-toxic materials and systems, LivingHomes successfully marries style and substance. The first line of homes, including a community in Joshua Tree, is designed by founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc), Ray Kappe, FAIA. For more information, visit www.livinghomes.us. About USGBC The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Since its founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 6,300 member companies and organizations, a 75-person professional staff, a broad portfolio of LEED(R) rating systems and services, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and a network of over 70 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.
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