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Charlotte Square’s Green Commitment, LEED® for Homes
Charlotte Square is committed to providing residents a healthy building to live in, by using sustainable design, construction and operations practices set forth by the U.S. Green Building’s Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes rating system.
As quoted on the USGBC’s website, “A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building – but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month. And in many markets, certiﬁed green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes. Some of the most important buildings in the world use LEED. Shouldn’t the most important building in everyone’s world use LEED, too?”
The LEED for Homes Rating System measures the overall performance of a home in eight categories: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness & Education.
Charlotte Square is undertaking a Certified Level Certification in LEED for Homes with the help of our LEED for Homes provider, Sustainable Comfort, Inc. (greenrater.com),. Some of the major elements we have used to achieve this certification are as follows:
- Maximized opportunities for integrated, cost-effective adoption of green design & construction strategies.
- Avoided development on environmentally sensitive sites.
- Made use of compact development patterns to conserve land & promote community livability, transportation efficiency & walkability.
- Minimized indoor demand for water through water-efficient fixtures & fittings.
- Reduced energy costs for the building by providing energy efficient design and operation.
- Selected an air-conditioning refrigerant to ensure performance & minimize contributions to ozone depletion & global warming.
- Increased demand for environmentally preferred products and/or building components that are extracted, processed & manufactured within the region.
- Promoted a healthy indoor air quality by providing safer materials and proper ventilation.
- Maintained the performance of the home by educating the occupants about the operations & maintenance of the home’s LEED features & equipment.
In case you’re wondering why we’ve decided to pursue LEED for Homes, head on over to this page to learn more: Why LEED for Homes?