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Sustainable Features and Benefits of LEED for Homes

Below is a list of some of the key sustainable features and benefits of LEED for Homes, but it’s only a list: we encourage you to read The NBH Story,” blog posts from the homeowners, architect, and builder about why specific products and systems were chosen and how decisions were made.

Low Impact Site Development

  • Preservation of existing native plants and trees
  • Extensive erosion control measures
  • No turf grass
  • Use of permeable materials for driveway and walkways
  • Green roof
    • moderates heat gain and loss through roof
    • prolongs life of roofing membranes
    • provides natural filtration for rain water collection
    • increases insulation value of roof assembly
  • Excavation limited to house footprint.

Energy Efficiency

  • Geothermal in-floor radiant heating
  • Earth-sheltered foundation
  • Increased wall insulation through advanced framing
  • Structural insulated panel (SIP) roof
  • Triple-glazed windows
  • Heat recovery ventilation system
  • Solar hot water heating
  • Energy-efficient lighting and appliances

Water Conservation

  • Rain water harvesting for 100% of domestic water
  • Below-ground water storage of 19,500 gallons
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures

Healthy Indoor Air Quality

  • Ductless heating system
  • No carpet
  • Garage air-sealed from house with exhaust ventilation
  • Formaldehyde-free insulation
  • Low- or non-toxic paints and finishes
  • Whole house ventilation beyond code

Sustainable Materials Use

  • Extensive jobsite recycling
  • Open floorplan to reduce interior walls
  • Reduced lumber needs through advanced framing
  • Use of salvaged wood for flooring and cabinetry