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LEED Certification

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"LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts." (from the US Green Building Council website)

The House of CARDS Solar Home has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification. Points towards certification are granted on the environmental aspects of the home. Platinum certification requires 90 points or above. These points are categorized in the following areas: Innovation & Design, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness & Education.

For our project our points are based on things as complex as having insulation that exceeds R-Value requirements and as simple as recycling materials during construction. We were eligible for many points as a result of our choices for an HVAC system, the solar panels used to power the home, and the SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels).

The LEED for Homes guidelines and points system were considered in every aspect of our design, decoration and construction of the home which resulted in being certified at the Platinum level. The House of CARDS and the Platinum LEED Certification are proof of the commitment to our environment and education by the University of the Incarnate Word Engineering Department.