Ten Sustainable Projects that Earned LEED Platinum Certification

The Sustainable Projects

There are some projects which have earned LEED Platinum certification and are mentioned here:

The Sustainable Projects

The Sustainable Projects

1. Sustainable Projects: Net zero modern house in South Korea

Sustainable Projects-Net zero modern house in South Korea

Sustainable Projects-Net zero modern house in South Korea

This project includes a zero energy house with green features and adds 3208 square feet of visitor space to the pavilion. It is located in Yongin, and is the first LEED Platinum project in East Asia, designed by Samoo architects. Samsaung C & T built the house with the ability to reduce energy consumption with 56 percent of the energy coming from solar panels on the roof. Not only does the house produce its own energy, but by utilizing the principles of what the engineers at Capital Construction call “passive solar home design”, the house actually requires far less energy. The home has a green roof, a high performance façade, floor heat, geothermal heat pumps, low-water toilets, light detectors, and an electric car charger among other interesting features. 72 percent of water for daily cleaning and irrigation is gray water.

2. Sustainable Projects: Modern Ellis residence

Sustainable Projects-Modern Ellis residence

Sustainable Projects-Modern Ellis residence

This was designed by architects, Ed Coates and Jo Anne Ellis, with a green roof, rainwater tanks, and local landscaping. This is the first LEED Platinum family home in Washington State outside of Seattle. The project reduces energy consumption by 70 percent, due to solar water heating, solar electricity production, and geothermal heating. They also used a foam insulation sheath and wooden frame to reduce energy needs. This property is 2560 square feet and is made with almost entirely recyclable materials.

3. Sustainable Projects: Marin hillside house

Sustainable Projects-Marin hillside house

Sustainable Projects-Marin hillside house

This was designed and built by SB Architecture and is located in the McDonald development on a hill. It features a four-level design, incorporating a number of green elements inside and out. It has energy efficient aluminum window frames, low-flow toilets, LED lighting, and implements passive solar design. Additionally, the house contains geothermal heating, spray foam insulation, recyclable materials, and an automatic lighting system throughout the house.

4. Sustainable Projects: Bastyr Platinum project

Sustainable Projects-Bastyr Platinum project

Sustainable Projects-Bastyr Platinum project

This project of 11 buildings at Bastyr University on the West Coast was designed by Collins Woerman for 132 students and is expected to save about 34 percent in energy costs. This project has reduced the space required by the university, used locally sourced wood, implemented butterfly roofs to catch rainwater, and has a garden for medicinal plants.

5. Sustainable Projects: First LEED platinum home in Fort Worth

Sustainable Projects-First LEED platinum home in Fort Worth

Sustainable Projects-First LEED platinum home in Fort Worth

This minimalist house in Fort Worth, Texas, was built by Ferrier Custom Homes and features natural lighting, fiber cement, xeriscaping, energy star windows and doors, and recyclable materials. It was designed by Philip Newburn of Dobbins Crow architects.

6. Sustainable Projects: Newport Beach living home

Sustainable Projects-Newport Beach living home

Sustainable Projects-Newport Beach living home

Constructed using blown in insulation, dual flush toilets for water conservation, high efficiency windows, recycled glass tiles, low-flow fixtures, recycled steel, a miniature duct work and air distribution system, and located in Newport, this home was designed by Kieran Timberlake. It also has solar photovoltaics on the roof to further reduce energy consumption.

7. Sustainable Projects: Solar sufficient LEED home in Houston

Sustainable Projects-Solar sufficient LEED home in Houston

Sustainable Projects-Solar sufficient LEED home in Houston

Designed by architects in Adams, Virginia, this home has long-lasting, sustainable, and recyclable structure of galvanized steel and aluminum. This house is 3500 square meters, with an output of 23.8 KW, powered by 140 solar panels. It also has a rainwater tank that can hold 7,000 gallons of water. Other elements of the building include spray foam insulation, bamboo flooring, and passive solar design to capture light and heat from the sun.

8. Sustainable Projects: Affordable housing Silver Gardens

Sustainable Projects-Affordable housing Silver Gardens

Sustainable Projects-Affordable housing Silver Gardens

Built with superior insulation and a pitched roof to collect up to 5000 liters of rainwater, the property actually earns money from kickbacks for saving so much water and energy. This project of 66 apartments in a New Mexico development is affordable and implements a high efficiency HVAC system, water saving plumbing, wood framing, and Energy Star appliances.

9. Sustainable Projects: Multi family project in LA county

Sustainable Projects-Multi family project in LA county

Sustainable Projects-Multi family project in LA county

Suitable for low-income families, Casa Dominguez, in East Rancho Dominguez contains graywater irrigation, high efficiency insulation, and a photovoltaic power system for reducing energy costs. Residents are able to monitor the energy level of the property online.

10. Sustainable Projects: New world home in Georgia

Sustainable Projects-New world home in Georgia

Sustainable Projects-New world home in Georgia

Designed by Chadwick, this home has approximately 2869 square feet and utilizes a number of interesting energy reduction systems: geothermal heating, drought tolerant and low maintenance landscaping, bamboo flooring, a metal roof,  Energy Star appliances, dual flushing toilets, efficiency insulation, and a tankless water heater.