LEED as a beginning, not a destination
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Below is the first blog post written by Shannon Bloemker on the project we are working on together. Even though we wanted to renovate our home using LEED principles, it’s important to note that LEED doesn’t cover everything when it comes to green building. It’s great for establishing aggressive site and mechanical requirements, but a number [...]
Even though we wanted to renovate our home using LEED principles, it’s important to note that LEED doesn’t cover everything when it comes to green building. It’s great for establishing aggressive site and mechanical requirements, but a number of the wonderful features Michelle and I have added fall outside of the LEED parameters. For example,
• We created an indoor clothesline area in the laundry room, complete with an operable skylight to allow sunshine and fresh air to help dry our family’s clothes since it’s not feasible to hang them outside.
• We made extensive use of skylights to bring in natural light to most rooms and reduce the need for artificial lights during the day.
• We are pre-planning spaces for small trees and large houseplants to improve indoor air quality and add an earthy aesthetic to the interior.
• We are installing a water and energy monitoring system on a wall in the central hallway to allow everyone who walks by to see what resources are being used, re-used (gray-water system), or generated (PV system) on a daily basis. So important in a household with 4 school-aged kids!
There are other things too which you might expect to find in an eco-friendly home such as reclaimed-wood furniture, recycled glass tile, and edible gardens. All great green things – none of which earn us any points on the LEED calculator.
Luckily we’re in this for far more than a LEED designation – this is our home and we want it to be healthy for us to live in and for the planet it sits upon. So we’ll keep on thinking green when we make our choices and maybe someday there will be a standard for green living, not just green building.