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Features and Benefits of LEED-Certified Homes

2013 May 13
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LEED for HomesTriumph Modular is currently engaged in a multifamily modular construction project located in Acton, Massachusetts on behalf of the Acton Housing Authority. We are working together with Shara Lewis of Pinck and Co. acting as the Owners Project Manager for the project. The project seeks a LEED for Homes certification. Although the project was originally designed with the intent to reach a silver level certification, Rory Nguyen Triumph Modular Project Manager reports that the gold level is within the team’s sights.  The following information about LEED for Homes and its numerous benefits was paraphrased from the USGBC Website, LEED for Homes section.

 

LEED-certified homes bring benefits that help residents, owners, and the planet:

Healthy People

• LEED homes are healthy homes – reducing allergens, and triggers for asthma and chemical sensitivity
• LEED homes use non-toxic materials that lower exposure to mold and mildew
• LEED homes are thoughtfully designed to eliminate uncomfortable rooms

Environmental Benefits of a LEED home

• Reduce the impact of a home’s construction
• Use less energy reducing pollution from fossil fuel sources
• Use materials more efficiently
• Integrate into their local environment
• Improves natural water hydrology

Economic Benefits of a LEED home

• Durable structures that are built to last, with less maintenance
• Reduced electricity, natural gas, and water bills
• Lower heating bills

LEED Homes help People, Planet and Profit!

There are many green building rating systems available. LEED is one of these building rating programs. For an average size home to reach the entry Certified level under LEED for Homes, 45 points are required – along with 18 additional mandatory measures that earn zero points; these are 18 strategies, measures and techniques that USGBC’s consensus committees felt make up the basics of good, green home building.

Energy Efficiency

LEED for Homes requires that a home meets the performance requirements under ENERGY STAR for Homes as validated through measures, performance testing and often a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating verifying that it is at least 15% more efficient than an average, code-built home. This testing provides greater assurance that the home will perform as it was intended.

At Triumph Modular we are proud to be part of the green building process. If you have questions on LEED-certification, let us know in the comments!

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Janet Field

Marketing and Communications Director at Triumph Modular
Janet Field, LEED Green Associate, has 20 years of leadership roles in companies focused on design, construction and modular building solutions. As an advocate for innovative products, she has had the opportunity to work with top 10 ENR construction firms. Introducing paradigm changing technology using technical sales consulting techniques and progressive marketing tools continues to be a rewarding and challenging career experience.
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