Highest LEED Scoring Home In Florida

The highest scoring LEED home isn’t in California, Oregon, or even solar-happy New Jersey. It’s located in Lakewood Ranch, in Florida, and it’s called the Sarasota Power Haus.

To put into perspective just how green this house is, consider this: a score of 95 is good enough to earn LEED Platinum status, and this house was awarded 118 points by the U.S. Green Building Council. The structure also aschieved “the lowest score conceivable” on the Home Energy Rating System with an index of -22. (An excellent score being 40, on a scale of 0 to 100.)

Sarasota Power Haus

image via Two Trails

The home achieved its lean, green profile via a high powered solar photovoltaic system, concrete blocks filled with foam insulation, kitchen cabinets constructed with recyclable material, programmable LED lighting, polished concrete flooring, and interior walls made from troweled clay. In order to conserve materials, designers jettisoned the standard suburban garage for an overhanging roof where owners can park their cars in the shade.

Consulting on the project was Drew Smith, President of Two Trails Green Building Consultants, the founding President of the Florida Green Building Coalition and the first Governor-appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply September 8, 2011

    Tim - Well Known Homes

    Would be fantastic to see a costing on the project build…nTimnwww.MelbourneHomeBuilding.com.aunMelburne Builder

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