First LEED Platinum Home in Indiana

A little over a month ago, this home received the first LEED Platinum certification for a home in the state of Indiana.  Located in Franklin, the 2,000 square-foot contemporary residence has three bedrooms and two bathrooms for a family of three and a dog.  Castalia Homes built the home, which has a number of green features.

Perhaps most importantly, the home is very energy efficient.  It was built with a tight envelope that tested at 3% air leakage.  This has been accomplished, at least in part, with foam insulation and carefully placed double-pane argon filled windows.

The homeowners, Mark and Sibylle Jennett, also made sure the green home had a fresh air recovery system because of its tight envelope.  Inside it boasts Energy Star appliances, low-VOC paints and finishes, bamboo flooring, dual-flush toilets, and a tankless water heater, among other green elements.

That said, according to The Indianapolis Star, the Jennetts aren’t done yet.  They’re thinking about adding a vertical small wind turbine to generate on-site green energy.  Seems like a decent idea so long as the wind blows where placed.

Photo credits: Alan Petersime for The Indianapolis Star.

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  • Jo

    Here in Bloomington Indiana I think maybe the second LEED home is being built. It is going to be featured on a television program. Also, here in Bloomington we are building a new Fairview Elementary School and it will be heated and cooled with a geothermal system. If more money were on hand, they would like to make the building LEED. They said the geothermal system will pay for itself in 7 years. The Entire School system now has a plan to make every school here energy efficient .

  • Home Builder Los Angeles

    Green is definitely in nowadays with the surging costs of everyday living.
    Cool! a LEED platinum certified home in Indiana? It would be a head start for the state and I guess it would be the next cause of envy among its neighbours with its cool features, low cost maintenance and functionality.
    We need not buy new homes just to be LEED certified, we can always modify our homes.

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