LEED Platinum Home Breaks Records

Gottfried Home - LEED Platinum

We’ve seen a ton of LEED Platinum homes on this site, but today’s home achieves something new.  USGBC founder David Gottfried and his family recently finished the green renovation of their 1440 square foot Craftsman bungalow, a home that was originally built in 1915, and took it through the LEED for Homes certification process.  In doing so, they received a total of 106.5 points (out of a total 136) and the noteworthy accomplishment of being the highest-scoring green home renovation since LEED-H launched earlier this year.  The Platinum home is designed to be net-zero energy and utilizes technology such as solar photovoltaics and a solar- and hydronic-powered water heating system. 

The Gottfried Home captures rainwater for use in toilets and recycles graywater to maintain the landscaping.  You’ll notice from the images, also, that David installed a Lifepod in the backyard — a 120 sf steel building with 50% fly ash floors.  When it comes time to go to work, he skips the commute and walks into the backyard, easily getting down to business in the comfort of a work space topped out with solar panels.   

Beyond the green features and record-breaking certification, however, there’s a more important lesson on display.  This home is an unassuming, renovated, 1440 square foot space healthily housing a four-person family.  It’s so refreshing!  With the burgeoning belt of American life pushing the average size of American homes to ~2500 square feet, the Gottfried Home represents true leadership from a seasoned green building leader and his family. 

[+] Gottfried Home LEED Platinum Press Release [11/18/08]

Gottfried Home

Lifepod Solar Power

Image credits: David & Sara Gottfried.

Other LEED Platinum Homes:
= LEED Platinum Home of the Future
= Margarido House Going LEED Platinum
= Platinum Leapfrog House Springs Green
= World’s First LEED Platinum Home Remodel
= 5ive Home Secures Platinum Paper
= Project7ten, the Real Green Deal
= LivingHomes, World’s First LEED Platinum Home


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  • http://www.ecozebra.com Andrew Stone

    This is very refreshing to see. Nothing is greener than renovating an old home over building new. Many say it can’t be done. Over the years I have done a lot to my 1908 home and has made it quite energy efficient with huge reducuctions in utility costs. Still have a lot to do though.

    While I want a strawbale shipping container home someday it has to wait for the big earthquake to knock down what I have.

  • http://hacking-shindyapin.tumblr.com ph0rque

    It would be interesting to find out the cost of achieving the LEED platinum status…

  • http://Plymouthrockstudios.com Lillian Janedy

    Plymouth Rock Studios in Plymouth Massachusetts is the first LEED certified movie studio ever. They recycle 100% of all dry wastes. Learn more about us on Plymouthrockstudios.com

  • http://residearchitecture.com david

    the thing i like about this project is they emphasized quality over quantity. the owners decided to renovate a smaller house and spend the money on quality materials. a very smart decision indeed.

  • Mike

    I have been told by USGBC customer service reps that LEED-H is only for new construction. How did this renovated building get LEED Homes certification? If home renovations are not certifable under LEED-H, then under what LEED product? Please email me if anyone has info.

    • http://www.abeldesigngroup.com Megan

      Mike, LEED H can be used for existing homes as long as a major ‘gut’ renovation is completed. This means the house must be “stripped to the stds on at least one side of all external walls and the exterior ceiling to expose the insterstitial space for insulation installation and inspection”. I’d be curious to know which one they went with here. I’m taking my AP exam this morning, I sure hope this is one of the questions ;)

      • Beth BB

        Megan,
        are you taking your LEED for Homes AP exam? or one of the others? I didn’t know the leed for homes exam was available yet.
        Beth

  • Andy Sherman

    Very nice. I love the life pod design and wondered how to get that design? Any builders of the lifepod?

  • Michael

    What is the largest LEED platinum home you are aware of?

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