There are roughly 85,000 supermarkets in America. Generally speaking, they are artificially lit boxes surrounded by dark asphalt and contain row upon row of doorless display refrigerators. There is, to say the least, room for improvement. Hannaford, which has about 160 supermarkets in the northeast, decided to try something completely new and on July 25th opened the first LEED Platinum certified supermarket, which is located in Augusta, Maine. With Maine's governor, John Baldacci, in attendance, the plaque was personally awarded at the opening by Rick Fedrizzi, president of the USGBC.
This is the first detached, single-family home in Illinois to obtain LEED certification. The modern residence received certification a little over a year ago in May 2008, so there's no new news, but the home is beautiful and worth sharing. Designed and owned by Alphonso and Michelle Peluso, co-founders of Vertex Architects, LLC, the home is support by six, exposed steel columns that complement the exterior glass and stained cedar cladding.
USGBC founder David Gottfried’s super green home received a total of 106.5 points and LEED Platinum certification, but this home, The Sage, just received 110 points. It’s the highest score west of the Rocky Mountains and the first LEED Platinum home in Eugene, Oregon. Designed by Arbor South Architecture, PC, The Sage is a demonstration home for the firm. It’s meant to give clients and the broader public an idea of what can be achieved through sustainable design and green building. Take a look inside, it’s beautiful.