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WHO WE ARE
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THORNTREE SITE PLAN
LEED AND SUSTAINABILITY
PRESS RELEASE: 3/13/06

Conceptual Designs

OPEN LETTER TO ARCHITECTS
DESIGN: JANA K. VANDER GOOT

Articles

WHY BUILD GREEN?
TEN PRINCIPLES
DR. JONG-JIN KIM: EXCERPTS
A VISIT TO TRYON FARM
LETTER FROM HANNA DONIGER
A SOLAR ENVELOPE HOME
HYBRID HOMES
CONSIDERING LEED FOR HOMES

LEED and Sustainability

What is LEED for Homes?

"LEED" stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is a voluntary initiative, currently under development, to actively promote the transformation of the mainstream home building industry towards more sustainable practices.

Objective of the LEED for Homes Pilot

The objective of pilot testing LEED for Homes is to ensure the LEED for Homes rating system is practical for application and will become an effective tool for introducing green building practices to a significant portion of the new home building marketplace.

In September 2005 I attended a conference at the offices of Alliance for Environmental Sustainability in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Alliance is a regional organization which acts as a catalyst for educating the public and the building industry in "green building" practices. It participates in the certification process and commissioning for a variety of "green building" entities.

The purpose of this conference was to host representatives of the LEED for Homes Program and give them an opportunity to describe their pilot project and to get input from building professionals with respect to refining the LEED rating system. LEED has been involved in certifying commercial and multi-family residential buildings for a number of years. It has only recently focused on single-family homes. The Pilot Demonstration Project is underway and I will attempt to provide updates when relevant to our undertaking at Thorntree.

I should say at this point that I have no financial relationship with the LEED Program or its representatives or agents, and any mention of this organization is not intended to be an endorsement; I am, however, impressed with its sustainability intentions as exemplified in its rating system. As a potential Green Home owner, I would encourage anyone to independently examine the LEED for Homes Program. At such time as I believe a formal relationship with this organization could benefit the Thorntree Project, I will not hesitate to establish that relationship.

Visit the LEED For Homes site to view the full ratings checklist.