Category: LEED Certification

The EcoDorm achieves LEED Platinum Recertification

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The EcoDorm at Warren Wilson College received LEED Platinum Recertification this year, the highest possible rating under the LEED system. The EcoDorm first achieved LEED Platinum in 2009 and was the first existing building on a college campus to receive this honor in the United States.¬†Warren Wilson hired Samsel Architects to head up the administrative process for recertification which included coordinating student research on the building’s actual performance, as well Read more…

LEED Introduces Dynamic Plaque

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LEED, the green building rating system, has existed for fifteen years, but growth of this program has been waning in recent years. In order to combat this, The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has introduced the LEED Dynamic Plaque. The purpose of the new dynamic plaque is to, not only generate interest in LEED certification, but also to make it easier for already certified buildings to maintain their status. This Read more…

Fontana Lake Residence receives LEED Gold Certification

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Our newest lakehouse provides a very strong proximity and connection to the water. The owners sought the location for quick access to lake activities–boating, kayaking, swimming, as well as lakeside campfires and gatherings. Both the site and house provide great lake views and easy walking to the boat dock and lakefront. The house is distinctly and simply divided into two zones: two levels of bedrooms at the north end and Read more…

Top 10 states for LEED Certification – Is Your State on the List?

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The US Green Building Council has just released their annual list of top 10 states for LEED certifications in 2012. The list is measured by per-capita and building square footage with Washington DC topping the list again this year, but there is a new #1 for the states. The USGBC also reported that more existing buildings are being certified than new buildings: 53% of total square footage of LEED certification Read more…