Sunset Green Home
The Sunset Green Home in Long Island, New York – once a charming 1940s cottage resting five feet above sea level – was damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011 and decimated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In 2015, however, the tide is turning as the home is being rebuilt as the first certified LEED® Platinum home in Long Island. According to homeowner Kim Erle, who is also a LEED AP and team leader on the sustainable, energy-efficient renovation, moisture management was a top-of-mind issue as blueprints were drawn and building materials specified. The issue took precedence for good reason, too. She says mold was visibly rampant in the walls and floorboards when the remains of the coastal home were demolished. Erle believes this mold was there long before Hurricane Sandy ever took out the house, likely due to wet coastal conditions and inadequate construction.
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The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified greenbuilding criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental. Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category.
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