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Bluffton Contractor Awarded LEED® Green Building Certification
November 2, 2015 -- Small House Bluffton announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Platinum, the highest level available, for its recently completed house on North Lawn Avenue in Bluffton.
Tens of thousands of residential, commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in all 50 states and more than 150 countries. The Bluffton project is only the tenth single-family home in the state of Ohio to be certified at the Platinum level.
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost non-government program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. A home can achieve LEED certification after undergoing a technically rigorous process, including the incorporation of green strategies to achieve efficiency and healthy indoor environments. The sound design and operation of the home is tested and measured using tools like a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections.
Small House Bluffton is a home contractor, launched in 2012, that promotes downsizing, state-of-the-art green technology, and smart design for new construction and remodeling projects. Andy Chappell-Dick, with 25 years of experience in the building trades, holds the USGBC credential of Green Associate. Small House Bluffton is also an Energy Star Partner Builder.
“LEED-certified homes are transforming America’s neighborhoods,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & founding chair, USGBC. “Innovative products, technology and sustainable strategies are making homes more resilient, healthy and high performing for years to come.” Even with Ohio's slow housing market recovery, homes incorporating green design and technology are worth more. "The market is growing fast," added Fedrizzi. "LEED-certified homes are healthier places to live, produce lower utility bills, have better air quality and leave a smaller environmental footprint behind.”
The Village of Bluffton also won kudos in the project certification. In a category informally known as "walkability," LEED encourages home builders to place a high value on proximity to neighborhood resources like stores, schools, restaurants, and churches. Bluffton's nearby downtown actually quadrupled LEED's benchmark for "outstanding" community resources.