This is the Helenowski Residence, a gut-rehab in Chicago that achieved the highest LEED for Homes point total ever with 119 points, according to LEED for Homes provider Alliance for Environmental Sustainability. The 3,300 square-foot renovation achieved an impressive HERS rating of 13 and is net-zero energy with the help of rooftop solar power and a vertical axis wind turbine.
In the past year, we’ve discussed several certified green projects but here’s the creme of the crop, 19 LEED Platinum ones. These projects, mostly homes, all vary — new, old, big, small, modern, traditional, single family, multifamily, certified, pending. Long story short, LEED Platinum, although difficult to attain, is where it’s at. If you’re going to pay for certification, why go for anything less than the best?!
Technology and design are inextricably intertwined in the world of green building. During the last year, we’ve seen some fascinating technologies and clever designs that have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment in a new way. I hope you enjoy this review of innovation culled from our archives of the last year.