The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED for Homes is a national, voluntary certification system, developed by national experts and experienced builders that encourages the adoption of sustainable practices by the homebuilding industry. LEED evaluates environmental performance from a whole building perspective over a building's life cycle, providing a definitive measure for what constitutes a green building.
Flexhouse has been awarded LEED Gold Certification
LEED features in Flexhouse include:
Building Orientation for Solar Design - 1 point
a.Glazing area on north/south wall is 50% greater than on east/west walls
b. East/west axis is within 15 degrees of due east/west
c. at least 450 sq. ft. of south facing window are oriented for solar applications
d. 90% of south facing windows are shaded in summer.
Durability Planning - prerequisite
a. Durability evaluation completed
b. Strategies developed to address durability issues
c. Non paper backer board in tub, shower and spa areas
d. No carpet in kitchen, bathroom, laundry, spa area
e. No carpet within 3 feet of entryways.
f. No tank water heaters in living space.
g. No washing machine over living space.
h. Exhaust dryer to outdoors.
i. Durability strategies incorporated into project documentation.
j. Durability measures listed in durability inspection list.
Site Selection - 2 points
a. Built above 100 year flood plane.
b. Not built on habitat for threatened or endangered species.
c. not built within 100 ft. of water.
d. Not built on land that was public parkland prior to acquisition.
e. Not built on land with prime soils, unique soils, or soils of state significance.
Preferred Location - 2 points
Access to Open Space - 1 point
a. Willow Beach Park in Wildwood - 1 block away.
Erosion Controls - prerequisite
a. Stockpile and protect disturbed topsoil from eropsion.
b.control the path or velocity of runoff with silt fencing.
c.Protect sewer outlets, streams, lakes, with straw bales, silt fencing.
d. Provide swales to divert surface water from hillsides.
e. Use tiers, erosion blankets, conpost blankets on sloped areas.
Minimize Disturbed Area of Site - 1 point
a. Develop tree/plant preservation plan with no disturbance zones.
b. Rehabilitate lot, undo soil compaction and remove invasive plants
a. No invasive plants.
a. Any turf is drought tolerant.
b.Do not use turf in densely shady areas.
c.Do not use turf in areas with 25% slope.
d. Add mulch and soil amendments.
e. All compacted soil till to 6 inches.