Can a house approaching 5,000 square feet still snag the highest level of green certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)? The answer, clearly, is ‘yes,’ as it was recently announced that a 4,800 square foot Southampton, New York home has been awarded Platinum LEED certification.
The HGA House, as it’s known, belongs to David and Saundra Dubin, whose original home was destroyed by fire in 2009. They decided to rebuild with the help of green architects Ric Stott, Craig Lee and the Hamptons Green Alliance (HGA), for which the house is named.
The HGA House is both a net zero and carbon neutral building, both of which are impressive feats, considering its size. (Its nonexistent carbon footprint was measured by the ICEMAN Carbon Factor Index, developed by Telemark president Frank Dalene, who also happens to be a founding member of the HGA).
The home incorporates passive solar orientation, spray foam insulation, low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets, rainwater harvesting, LED lighting, smart home technology, geothermal heating and cooling, solar energy and hot water systems, as well as Energy Star certified appliances.
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