HGTV Green Home 2009: What Makes it Green?
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The HGTV Green Home 2009 is a 2,430 square foot single-family residence with a 610 square-foot detached garage that has achieved the highest level of green certification available, LEED Platinum. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to certify just how “green” a home is.
There are seven basic sustainability areas LEED covers that are being targeted: innovation and design, location and linkages, sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, awareness and education.
Innovation and Design
Integrated Project Planning – From the outset, designers, energy experts, and construction specialists all worked together to develop a comprehensive approach to the project. Through charrettes, coordination meetings, and complete team involvement, innovative ideas were created.
Durability Planning – A comprehensive list of durability issues were identified as key issues that must be addressed and inspected during construction. These included design details that improved the durability of the house by anticipating pests, rot, natural disasters, and controlling water inside and outside of the house.
Location and Linkages
An environmentally sustainable home is one that is conveniently located and connected to the daily services that we all need. A sustainable home makes it easy to walk to the corner store and makes use of existing infrastructure. Tradition is a master planned community that creates this convenience:
Neighborhood Services – Tradition is a community with retail, fitness, schools, dining and offices within walking distance. This reduces reliance on cars and improves convenience.
Open Space – A key part to encouraging a health lifestyle is readily accessible green spaces and parks. Tradition has numerous parks, most of which are interconnected with bike trails and walking paths. This encourages a true neighborhood experience where neighbors meet and interact.
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