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PRESS RELEASE: 3/13/06
LEED and Sustainability
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.