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Simple Green Harpoon House in Oregon


Oregonians Matt Kirkpatrick and Katherine Bovee have been working hard this last year on the Harpoon House, a simple efficient home in Portland that's expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  The 28-foot tall home has one bedroom, one bathroom, a root cellar, and a roof garden.  Specifically, there's 1152 square feet of living space and a 433 square foot roof garden space. 

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First LEED Platinum Home in Fort Worth


This new home is the first and only LEED Platinum home in Fort Worth, Texas.  Designed by Philip Newburn of Dobbins+Crow Architects, the minimalist home occupies an infill lot in the Ryan Place neighborhood and features an abundance of green features, such as fiber cement siding, natural daylighting, Energy Star windows and doors, and xeriscaping.

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Traditional LEED Platinum in Georgia

Chadwick Exterior

New World Home, a design-build company, recently took LEED Platinum for another traditional home in Geogia.  Like the other one nearby, this Marietta home was factory-built in modules and has a slew of green features.  It’s the company’s Chadwick design and the award-winning home also carries NAHB Gold and EarthCraft Gold certifications.

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In the LEED: Melrose Commons, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Willow Creek Center


On a weekly basis, we probably hear about 5-10 projects receiving some form of LEED certification and they certainly deserve some sort of recognition.  So we're going to publish "In the LEED" every so often to share a little bit about what's going on in the industry.  Of course, we'll also take some time to showcase LEED projects on a more thorough basis, so stay tuned. In the mean time, check these four projects out.  Some impressive work …

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Net Zero Energy Re-Skinning with Style


Recently, Zerofootprint held a global competition to reward market-disruptive improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies.  To be eligible for the ZEROprize, projects had to be built with reinforced concrete construction between 1945 and 1990.  Also, energy required to power all amenities, cooling, heating, and lighting must be on used on a net zero energy basis.  After the jury deliberation, 355 Eleventh in San Francisco was able to take top honors. 

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Top 25 Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings in 2009


Today the EPA released its second annual ranking of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of buildings receiving the Energy Star label in 2009.  California cities took two of the top three slots, but that's no surprise as these cities are at the forefront of green building. 

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