The wait is finally over. The LEED for Homes Platinum Certification for both homes in the 100k project has been received. After a variety of delays including, most notoriously, the replacement of an incorrect bath exhaust fan, we have finally received official notice from the USGBC that both the 100k and (poorly named) 120k have acheived the highest status in the LEED for Homes rating scale.
We see this achievement as official proof that green building can be done for less. The 100k House reached this goal for less than $100 per square foot in hard construction costs and has proven itself to be a stylish, comfortable place to live (just ask Courtney). While we have slightly increased our construction budget for future homes, we see this success as a key foundation of our long term goals.
Did we make mistakes? Of course. Are there things we intend to do better/differently in the future? Naturally. But, we are still proud of our first project and would like to thank all of those who helped us make it a reality.
This milestone does not mark the end of the 100k project. We are currently gathering utility data and other long term project results that we will be sharing in the near future. We continue to learn from this project as we move forward with our construction efforts, and we will use the lessons to constantly improve our building methods.
We would like to extend a special thank you to MaGrann for guiding us through our first LEED for Homes process. The paperwork was occasionally painful and the process wasn’t exactly smooth, but they stuck with it and helped get these homes the recognition they deserve. Hopefully, our next LEED project (the Skinny Project) will progress more smoothly with equally impressive results.
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