S.C. HGTV Dream Home Earns LEED Platinum Rating

Winning a 3,000-square-foot, three-story home in a lush coastal-resort would be a truly grand prize for just about anyone. What makes this house a dream come true, however, is its LEED Platinum certification and the long list of environmental features that come with all this amazing luxury.

The custom-built home, located near a tidal marshland on Kiawak Island, S.C., is the latest HGTV Dream Home that will be given away in a sweepstakes held early next year by the home and garden cable channel. Just a few of the green building features of the house include locally sourced wood materials, PVC siding to reduce water and insect intrusion, a geothermal-powered HVAC system, rot-resistant garapa decking, low-flow shower heads and a drip irrigation system for the drought-tolerant landscaping plants, 90 percent of which are native to the area.

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Image of 2013 Dream House via HGTV

“Utilizing a comprehensive, whole-house approach, the design team was able to create a home qualifying as environmentally sound from top to bottom,” said HGTV professional home planner Jack Thommason. “The materials, components and building techniques work together to form a complete system that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. To pursue and earn this first Platinum level certification really speaks to the extra efforts our team took in building the most ‘green’ home possible.”

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View of marshland from deck. Image via HGTV.

In keeping with the style of the “Low Country” houses of the region, the house features long gable overhangs to provide cooling shadow, plus large windows to flood the interiors with sunlight. Massive Southern yellow pine beams hold the house 10 feet about the ground to prevent flooding in the hurricane-prone South Carolina coast. On the ground, drainage swales were included to capture rain runoff from the metal roof and lined with hydrophilic plants such as gregia, scouring and horsetail rushes, and southern wood fern.

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Drainage swale with hydrophilic plants. Image via HGTV.

Inside the home, the builders used super-efficient insulation materials, designed all duct work to fit inside the insulated envelope, used LED light fixtures and installed Energy Star-rated appliances. “Environmental aspects came into the play from the very beginning of construction,” said the home’s builder Craig Gentilin. “Everything partners together to create the greenest Dream Home ever.”

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Southern yellow pine timbers elevate house above potential hurricane surges. Image via HGTV.

The house is part of Indigo Park, a collection of 16 green-conscious homes built by Dyal Compass, Christopher Rose Architects and Royal Indigo Construction. Indigo Park aims to become the first community with all LEED-certified homes within a luxury residential resort.

To take your chances on winning the HGTV Dream Home 2013 Giveaway, entries will open on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at 9 a.m. Eastern time and will runs through Feb. 15, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern. The who’ll grand prize package will includes the home, a 2013 GMC Acadia DenaliSUV and $500,000.



Randy Woods is a Seattle-based writer and editor with 20+ years of experience in the business publishing world. A former managing editor of Seattle Business, iSixSigma, Claims and Waste Age magazines, he has covered topics that include newspaper publishing, entrepreneurism, green businesses, insurance, environmental protection and garbage hauling (yes, really). He also contributes to the Career Center Blog for The Seattle Times and edits a photography magazine called PhotoMedia. When not working, he likes to hide out in Seattle movie theaters and attend film festivals—even on sunny days.


  • Reply December 12, 2012


    PVC is not green, what a joke…

  • Reply December 16, 2012

    Ruth C Cooper, P.Eng

    “PVC is not green” – commenter brings to mind a very good question:

    What is ‘green’ when it comes to building materials?

    Is harvesting old growth trees for timber more green than ‘mining’ rock and other aggregates for stone facades and foundations? Is the new, aforementioned material ‘more green’ than recycling waste product to produce PVC? Should all building materials be repurposed waste from buildings torn down to qualify as being green.

    In the midst of the green movement, I feel that not enough thought has been put into defining the term ‘green’, while appreciating that this could be quite a complex undertaking.

    I give the following as a simple example: Should we dry our hands with paper towel made of 100% post consumer waste product, a continuous role of fabric that needs to be washed, heated air, or high pressure air?

    Each has a life cycle cost and it’s own set of environmental implications.

    How do we compare coal-fired generation to run electric hand-drying devices against water & chemicals to clean fabric against tree-harvesting to produce paper towels? Who’s to say which is best? How do we really quantify what best is?

    So .. I propose that we work towards something sustainable through managing & conserving our non-renewable resources while finding cool ways to re-introduce our waste products into the production stream vs. landfill sites.

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