As you know, there’s been a lot of back and forth between wood certification bodies, stakeholders, and the USGBC relating to the certified wood credit applicable all commercial LEED rating systems. The debate was documented in a five-part series in The Tyee recently, and led to the creation of the Forest Certification Benchmark.
Last spring we took a preview of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Idea House 2010, which was built and on display for the association’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. Designed by THW Design of Atlanta, the Idea House presents a 2,500 square-foot model of the future of senior housing – aging in place design, use of technology, and sustainability.
KB Home announced the completion of four energy-efficient homes in the Springwood community in the City of Roseville, California. What’s noteworthy, you might agree, is the fact that they’re the first in the nation to receive the WaterSense label. And KB Home intends to complete every home in the community to the same standard, making it the first in the country to do so.