Florida residence secures highest LEED honors

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 08:25

Erika Brigham knew what she was doing when she decided to renovate her home in a manner that would maximize its energy efficiency. However, she may not have realized that the project would earn her the highest certification available from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Brigham took part in the Deep Energy Retrofit program, a pilot program that helped transformed her 1925 wood-frame home into a truly green and sustainable residence.
The success of the project surprised Brigham, as she saw immediate savings and received the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) available from the USGBC.
Her LEED-Platinum home not only cut her monthly bills, but she is often left with a surplus of energy due to the photovoltaic fixtures that were installed onto her residence.
"I pay a $7.07 monthly service charge to FPL," Brigham told the news outlet. "I have an energy-in/energy-out meter, so at the end of the year, we will figure out if I owe FPL any money."
The use of energy efficient products and sustainable materials by Brigham and the architects who helped her with the project secured a score of 92 out of 136 on the LEED for Homes standard, higher than the 80 needed to be awarded Platinum.
This was not the only green certification that her home received, however, as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is 27.
"That means the house only uses 27 percent of the expected energy consumption of a home built to the current energy code," Phil Peters, the the green rater on the Brigham home project, told the Herald-Tribune.
Homeowners are looking to "green" their homes all over the U.S., as an adjustment to the cooling and heating systems, insulation or lighting can lead to significant monthly savings.