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LEED Green Rater Training

There are currently nearly 200,000 registered LEED® for Homes™ projects worldwide and over 50,000 certified with each project requires third-party on-site verification and performance testing by a LEED Green Rater. If you’re interested in filling this need as part of USGBC’s LEED for Homes Green Rater program, this training is for you!

Before registering all applicants must meet/submit initial qualifications to be accepted. GreenHome Institute can help you complete section 4 of the qualifications by either accessing our online webinar version of HOMES 252 or attending the 1 day pre course on November 4th.

During this training we will also be offering the ability to complete 2 final verification mentorship walkthroughs as well as offering follow up to completing 2 submittal packages. Learn more about mentorship here. 

In the months following the training, participants will get access to training materials and take a computer-based exam provided by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) at a local testing center.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify responsibilities of a LEED for Homes Green Rater in each phase of a project
  • Manage and conduct verification activities
  • Effectively use the project checklist file
  • Communicate effectively with project teams and LEED for Homes Providers
  • Apply the sampling protocol on applicable projects
  • Prepare accurate and complete certification submittal packages
  • Speak to major changes when V4 for Homes is launched

Audience

This training is intended for professionals with a minimum of three years’ experience in the residential construction industry and basic residential green building knowledge who are interested in providing verification services on  LEED for Homes projects. Those with a background in on-site verification and/or energy rating are particularly qualified.

Prerequisites - Submit LEED for Homes Green Rater Eligibility Qualifications.

Continuing Education CEUs

This course, like all USGBC LEED education programs, meets GBCI eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate.

RESNET: 14 hours
BPI: 
8.5 CEUs
GBCI CE:
 14 hours (LEED Homes Specific)
AIA/CES: 14 HSW/SD Learning Units
BOMI: 14 (CPD)
CoreNet: 14 (CPD)
CSI: 1.6 (CEU)
NARI Green: 14 hours
AIBD 14 Hours

Bonus Mentorship + Project Tour Details

GHI understands mentorship can be difficult to find and we will do our best to work with you. By attending this course you can knock out 4 out 6 mentorship requirements.

Evolutionary Home owner - Brandon Weiss, is building a LEED Platinum, Passive House and Living Building Challenge home. Dubbed the Uber Haus, this will be ready for final inspection and be open November 6th to tour and complete a required QA final inspection mentorship on. Brandon will discuss how and why he is building to these standards and how they integrate.

Saturday Morning - November 6th you are invited to join stay and join us for a walk through of a downtown market rate LEED multifamily development and complete your second required mentorship and QA final inspection.

We work with Habitat for Kent County on 20 + LEED homes a year. As such you can complete both of your final submittals online through this organization in partnership with GHI. Also throughout the year you are welcome to join us in Grand Rapids MI to complete your pre-drywall walk throughs at no additional fee.  Conversly you may also use our internal collaborative green rater to register your own real project and list yourself as the secondary rater so to complete your mentorship on actual project.

Instructor

Jason La Fleur, Principal at Eco Achievers - LEED AP+Homes, BD+C, PHIUS Rater, HERS and LEED Green RaterJason

Jason LaFleur is a long time champion, advocate and educator for better residential building in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Jason formerly from the appraisal institute trainings home construction and valuation professionals on how and why green buildings are important. Jason's company provides consulting, plan review, energy & LEED inspections/test and overall marketing for project teams. Jason currently is the chair of the USGBC-IL residential committee.

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Discounted lodging is available upon request

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Understanding LEED for Homes Workshop: Homes 252

LEED for Homes is an international rating system that helps builders, developers, architects and homeowners understand how and why to build, design and rehab homes to a higher standard that ensures 3rd party test performance. LEED help guarantee, efficiency, health, durability and affordability single/multifamily, mixed use, mid to high rise projects. Learn how you can commit your next project to this standard.

By the end of this online education series, you will be able to:

* Identify the types of projects which are eligible for certification
* Recognize the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the LEED certification process.
* Recognize goals, intents, and requirements of prerequisites and key credits, and strategies to meet them
* Identify synergies between LEED credits
* Understand how to navigate the LEED checklist and online Submittals Portal

Course Outcomes
* Pre construction Plan Draft Checklist Completed
* Knowledge of LEED for Homes Process & Rating system opportunities
* Meet Requirements for LEED AP Homes Credential
* Know Steps to take your Exam

Agenda

8 am to 10 am

  1. Introduction to LEED for Homes & Green Home Certifications.
  2. LEED for Homes Provider & Green Rater – What and who are they?
  3. Understanding the Materials Resource (MR) of the LEED for Homes 200
  4. Break

10:15 - noon

  1. Location & Linkages (LL)
  2. Sustainable Sites (SS)
  3. Water Efficiency (WE)

12:45 - 3 pm 

  1. Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
  2. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  3. Break

3:15 - 5 pm 

  1. Innovation and Design (ID)
  2. Awareness & Education (AE)
  3. LEED for Homes Version 4 Introduction
  4. LEED Checklist Navigation
  5. LEED registration and Submittal Process How to

Continuing Education

8 GBCI (LEED H Specific)
8 AIA/CES (LU/HSW)
8 NARI Green
8 Local & State Contractor & Architect Licence may be applicable

Who should come?

  • Builders
  • Developers
  • Architects / Designers
  • Remodeler
  • Policy Makers
  • Homeowners - DIY
  • HERS / BPI Raters
  • Appraisers
  • Home Inspectors

 

Learn how to apply the LEED for Homes rating system to a real project by walking through the phases of a typical project and the key decisions that project teams must make, including key stakeholder considerations. Engage in interactive, case-based activities that enable you to work hands-on with LEED implementation strategies and rating system tools.

 

Instructor

Jason La Fleur, Principal at Eco Achievers - LEED AP+Homes, BD+C, PHIUS Rater, HERS and LEED Green RaterJason

Jason LaFleur is a long time champion, advocate and educator for better residential building in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Jason formerly from the appraisal institute trainings home construction and valuation professionals on how and why green buildings are important. Jason's company provides consulting, plan review, energy & LEED inspections/test and overall marketing for project teams. Jason currently is the chair of the USGBC-IL residential committee.

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Introduction to LEED for Homes – Free CE Webinar

LEED for Homes is a residential green building certification that applies to all residential projects from remodels to new construction and from single family to high rise mixed use multifamily. With over 100,000 certified homes, this is an internationally recognized green building rating system that can help you make your next project better. Join us as we go through the highlights of the program, requirements, certification process, case studies, lessons learned and how to work with your verification team.

Bonus: We will also discuss the highlights of up coming changes of the Version 4 rating system and what to expect.

Continuing Education - CES 1

GBCI (LEED Specific), AIA(HSW), NARI Green, NGBS, AIBD and state design or construction license may apply

Lessons Learned

  • Know where to find more resources to build, design, or remodel healthier and better residential buildings
  • Understand how LEED improves the safety and welfare of people and communities through more efficient homes
  • Articulate the certification process of LEED for Homes and how it is different from commercial
  • Know where to get information on the LEED H and becoming an accredited professional.

Instructor

Brett Little, LEED APH, LFA, GHP

Executive Director at the GreenHome Institute since 2010, Brett is a 2014 30 under 30 Home Energy Magazine Entrepreneur award recipient. Brett helps educate people on the basics of residential green building and lives in MI's 1st GreenStar remodel of 1920's existing home. He lives in Beer City USA (Grand Rapids) with his wife and son and sits on the USGBCWM board of directors since 2012.

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YouthBuild Akron Ohio LEED Platinum Rehab

Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. (Akron YouthBuild) partnered with Saint-Gobain through the Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation with support from the Saint-Gobain family of companies, to complete a green renovation at 887 Garfield Street in PIC of house - afterAkron, OH.  Saint-Gobain was founded in 1665 to manufacture glass for the Palace of Versailles in Paris, France. They are the Worlds largest building materials company. Recognized as a 2009 & 2010 Energy Star partner of the year by the US EPA, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, & 2013 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The YouthBuild program started in 1978 in East Harlem, New York. The program concentrates on youths aged 16-24 who work full-time for 6-24 months while working toward their GED's or High School Diplomas while at the same time learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities.

The Garfield Project is the first YouthBuild Akron home to achieve the prestigious LEED Platinum certification.  Saint-Gobain and its family of companies have donated a range of building materials and many hours of on-site support from CertainTeed Building Scientists to complete the green home renovation. The homGarfield House - in progresse features a heat recovery system and very efficient CertaSpray Closed Cell Foam Insulation which contribute to its energy efficiency. The home received a HERS score of 65 meaning that it is 35% more efficient than other comparable homes. In addition to energy efficiency measures the home incorporates several landscaping features that reduce it's irrigation needs. For example, drought tolerant plants were installed along with a slow-growing grass that needs no fertilizers, little mowing, and relatively little water. The home harvests rainwater from its roof. These aspects have accumulated a 59% water reduction due to the sites landscape architecture alone. 

CertainTeed (an affiliate of Saint-Gobain) donated many of the building materials. These materials contributed significantly to the overall efficiency and sustainability of the home. Grenite Engineered Stone Countertop's were used and constructed with up to Garfield House - After 185% post-consumer recycled content. Air-Renew Gypsum Board boasts industry only technology that removes VOC's from the air and converts them into safe inert compounds, once they are captured in the board they cannot be released into the air. This Gypsum Board also aids in the reduction of moisture and mold. On the rooftop, LandMark Solaris - Solar Reflecting Roofing Shingles were utilized. They reflect the suns rays and reduce roof temperatures up to 20%.

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Press Release

Video - Garfield Project

Saint-Gobain & YouthBuild Akron (Garfield House) - PDF

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Indianapolis Restored Home Gets LEED Platinum & Sells Fast!

Elm St. PICThis home located on Elm St. in Indianapolis, IN was an abandoned space, built in 1910, that was bid on for redevelopment through the Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) organization's Transfer and Transform program, which seeks to reinvigorate the community

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Interior before

 

"William Wagnon of Green Path Homes  had been looking for an opportunity to do a LEED Platinum certified redevelopment on a house that could serve as an example of green building for contractors, home owners and a city in need of sustainability." The house on Elm presented a perfect opportunity to showcase the economic viability of a green project as well as its added health and enjoyment benefits.

 

No subsidies or donations were taken to help the project along. "We wanted to do it as a market-rate project so that nobody could make an excuse for not doing it. That's the point I wanted to make," Wagnon said.

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"The house now features around $7,000 worth of insulation, putting the home's heating efficiency well-above most standards. The floor plan was changed to allow for a contemporary living style. Raised ceilings and other space improvements provide for maximum storage in the home. A rain garden now sits at the front of the house fed by a drain pipe from the roof. The backyard deck looks out onto a single-car garage, raised planters for growing vegetables and a patch of lawn." Additionally, 100% of installed plants were drought tolerant further reducing irrigation needs. In total, the outdoor water savings plus the water savings due to the indoor installation of highly efficient faucets, showers, and toilets etc. results in a monthly water savings of 69% based on total water use. We were able to utilize the V4 Homes Workbook: Water Reduction Calculator to derive this number. A copy of the information is attached to the project profile at the bottom of this post.

Elm St. INT PICThe small 960 sq ft. 2 bedroom 1 bath home is located in an area with outstanding access to community resources such as public transportation. This well sealed home uses energy efficient appliances and  is expected to save 47% on energy bills. Insulated piping adds to the efficiency of this home. 

A central HVAC system equipped with an additional dehumidification mode adds to the health of the home along with the use of hardwood with a preference for FSC certified woods.

So much care was put into this home on Williams blog he writes ... "Walter, who has does the exterior sheathing, rigid foam insulation and now the siding work is putting flashing tabs behind each butt joint on the siding.  These joints will all be caulked, but it's just a fact that caulk fails in a couple of years.  But with the flashing tabs, any water that penetrates is redirected right back to the outside.LEED Label Elm

Brad nailed every shingle of the roof by hand.  Yes, it takes much longer, but he knows each one is set.  In building the soffit end caps, he cut fairly complex pieces so it could be 1 piece of solid wood, instead of having multiple joints that would require caulking."

This project was the first residential home in the area to achieve the prestigious LEED Platinum certification.

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News Post Featuring this Project

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/redeveloped-home-is-template-for-green-building/Content?oid=2567639#.UyCC7_ldWPM

Green Path Home Website and Blog

http://takethegreenpath.com/1055-elm-project/

 

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South east MI home scores LEED silver and is a top energy performer

This newly constructed LEED Silver Home is located on the north side of Ann Arbor, on a 5 acre lot.  The home is 4,500 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, and has a walk-out basement.

Warren rd. PIC1(2) The project team wanted to build a very energy efficient, comfortable home for the family to raise their children in.  Throughout the project, the team emphasized purchasing sustainable materials including adhesives and sealants with zero Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) to attain a higher air quality. They worked with a HERS rater to hone in on their energy efficiency strategies. Northern Michigan Oak hardwood flooring was used throughout the first floor of the home because of its close proximity to the project.  All carpeting and underlayment were Green Label Plus certified by the GreenGuard Certification Institute. Blown-in cellulose insulation, which is made up of 100% recycled newspaper fiber, was used instead of fiberglass.  The fitness room boasts a 100% recycled rubber flooring and the TREX deck had a high percentage of recycled materials as well. A drought resistant turf grass mix limited irrigation requirements, as well as a wildflower mix on the perimeter of the turfed-in area.  Additionally, only native species of bushes and trees were installed.  The system is controlled by a RainBird Sensor that automatically adjusts the irrigation schedules if it senses rainfall.

LEED Nutrition LabelA Home Energy Rating Standard (HERS) Score of 44 was achieved for this house, which makes it in the top 10% of MI homes.  The score means that the home is 56% more efficient than a conventionally built new home, and 42% more efficient than Energy Star’s standard for homes.  To give you an understanding of what this equates to, the energy bill for this 4,500 sq. ft home during the month of July, was $110 for both electric and gas. The project team chose to focus on the Energy & Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) credit areas to compensate for the sacrifice of Location & Linkages credits due to the projects distance from an urban setting. The high rating of LEED Silver was achieved by taking a whole systems design approach to building, and eliminating any weak points in the house.

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Central Michigan University Completes LEED Platinum Dorm

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"This $28.5M project involved the construction of two new student housing buildings for Central Michigan University’s (CMU) graduate school. Hoping to emulate apartment living to attract the students who might otherwise choose to
live off-campus, each unit includes private bathrooms, kitchens and laundry facilities—with a mix of one, two and four bedroom units throughout the two structures, with 164 beds total between the two buildings.
The buildings were designed to emulate the Gothic architecture present on campus and the design and construction teams ensured that LEED sustainable features incorporated into the design were properly integrated. Large windows
were added to provide occupants with daylight in regularly occupied areas. A campus-wide green housekeeping program was implemented. Regionally manufactured materials containing recycled content were used extensively throughout the project. Equipment was selected to ensure that refrigerants would cause minimal damage to the atmosphere. Additionally, all HVAC and electrical systems were commissioned and certified that they were installed per specification and working as designed. The design also limits disruption of natural hydrology and all but eliminated pollution and contaminants from stormwater run-off. Universal design practices and sustainable design measures were integrated into the design to create an energy efficient complex recognized by its tenants as a great place to live and by the community as a model for sustainable living, earning the coveted LEED for Homes Platinum Certification.

SUSTAINABLE HIGHLIGHTS

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The pedestrian scale buildings support CMU’s and the City of Mount Pleasant’s mutual goal of a walkable community. The new Graduate Housing units are located on the north end of campus on Bellows Street, just steps from the Health Professions/College of Medicine building and close to Mission Street as well as downtown Mt. Pleasant.

WATER EFFICIENCY
The landscaping was designed to require 50% less irrigation, reducing the use of potable water. In addition, a 33% reduction in potable water and sewage usage was achieved by careful selection of water efficient plumbing fixtures, faucets, and flush valves.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The overall energy performance of a new building can not be measures until after the building has been built. Thus, the energy performance of a building must be predicted using energy analysis software. The Residential Energy Services Network has developed a set of guidelines for accessing the relative energy performance of these units. Commissioning of all HVAC, lighting and domestic water systems were conducted to ensure that all systems operate as designed. All equipment was selected to cause minimal damage to the atmosphere.

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MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
During construction, 94% of all construction waste was reclaimed and recycled. Sources for the building construction materials were evaluated, recycled content materials make use of materials that would otherwise be deposited within landfills. The use of local materials support the local economy and reduce the harmful impacts of long-distance transportation.

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

An indoor air quality (IAQ) plan was implemented and low-emitting materials were selected in order to reduce any adverse effects on the IAQ once the building was occupied. The HVAC system was designed to meet the minimum IAQ requirements. No smoking is permitted within 25 feet of any air intake louvers. Low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials such as paints, carpets, sealants, adhesives, and casework were employed in order to provide a healthy indoor environment. The HVAC system was designed to maintain temperatures and humidity in accordance with ASHRAE standard 55-2007."

The Christman Company - Builder/Contractor &  Neumann / Smith Architects

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USGBC certifies 50,000th LEED Homes

Quoted text from " http://www.proudgreenhome.com/article/226725/USGBC-certifies-50-000th-green-housing-unit-under-LEED-for-Homes "

"Since its start in 2007, 50,000 housing units have been certified under LEED for Homes and 44 percent of those homes were classified as affordable housing." “As one of the most rigorous green residential rating systems in the world, LEED for Homes is the standard against which all other such programs are measured,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Despite its demanding technical aspects that set a high bar for green residential construction, LEED for Homes has also seen the broadest adoption among its peers — indicative of its position as the rating system of choice to guide the design and construction of healthier, high-performance homes.”"

"Since the launch of the LEED for Homes rating system in 2007, the growth trajectory of the world’s most widely used residential green building program has been dramatic. From 392 housing units LEED-certified in 2007, the figure jumped to nearly 900 units certified within the year 2008 and nearly 3,000 certified within 2009. In 2012 and 2013 alone, USGBC certified more than 15,000 and 17,000 housing units, respectively."

"Of the 50,000-plus certified units, 74 percent are within multifamily buildings, while 44 percent are classified as affordable housing. In addition, nearly 65 percent of the total units were certified in the past two years, a strong indicator of the continued momentum of the rating system. There are also more than 82,000 units under construction and in the pipeline for LEED certification."

is excited to be apart of this movement. As an ordinal LEED for Homes provider we have certified nearly 4,000 of these homes with another 3,000 in the pipeline. Learn why LEED excites us. 

"The continued growth of LEED for Homes is attributable to its many proven benefits, including enhanced property value, healthier indoor environments, and energy and water savings that average 20 to 30 percent. LEED-certified homes are third-party inspected, tested and performance-verified, offering homeowners and renters piece of mind that their places of residence are efficient, saving them money and also better for the natural environment."

"In December 2013, USGBC also announced the LEED certification of its 20,000th commercial project."

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WI Platinum 2.5k Square foot Home averages $30 energy bills

Thanks to Jetson Green for sharing this awesome post! (Article written by Christine Walsh on Nov. 28, 2013)

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Architect Virge Temme of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin recently received the LEED Platinum for Homes certification for a private residence she designed near Gills Rock. The home was built by Bay Lakes Builders, and the plans were based on the collaboration of all members of the construction and design team so as to ensure proper integration of all systems. The electric and fuel bills for this 2,600-square-foot house were less than $30 per month on average during its first year. This is only the seventh home in Wisconsin to receive the LEED Platinum certification.

The building process started with the excavation of the meadow where the house stands, while the top soil was stockpiled and used for final grading later. Once the foundation was complete, the foundation forms were stripped and the below-slab plumbing and electrical runs installed. The builders continued with laying thermal tarp to protect the home from freezing rains. This was followed by the installing of under-slab insulation. All the joints were staggered and sealed in this process to prevent air movement between layers. Furthermore, all the penetrations through insulation were foam sealed, which protects against cold seepage and potential Radon gasses.

The roof was then installed, using 16″ I-joists to reduce thermal transmission and to provide additional insulation depth. The I-joists were placed directly over the studs below and the framed walls with studs at 24″ on center to reduce redundant top plate, which also reduced the overall framing materials need. The rafters were then screwed and strapped to studs to provide additional protection from wind. All the intersections were then foam-sealed.

To provide a continuous envelope 3/8″ OSB was added to the under side of rafters. Double 2-4 plates were screwed below the rafters to provide an electrical chase, eliminating the need for roof penetrations. The builders also used ladder framing, which greatly reduced the amount of redundant materials at wall-to-wall connections. Double-wall construction also eliminated thermal bridging and provided space for additional insulation.

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The house has insulation values of R-45 for walls, R-60 for the roof, and R-30 for ground insulation. Together with passive solar orientation and specially-coated windows to introduce solar warming, and which also feature overhangs to protect from summer over-heating, there is no need for a furnace or a boiler for space heating.

Other sustainable features of the home include:

- Sustainably-harvested framing materials
- Recycled/recyclable metal siding, roofing and insulation
- Drought-tolerant plants replanted around the home
- Rain gardens for roof runoff
- Only low- or no-VOC paints, adhesives and insulation were used to ensure better air quality
- Floors are made of concrete and sustainably harvested bamboo
- Only highly efficient appliances, lighting fixtures, and plumbing were installed
- The building process resulted in almost no construction waste

View LEED project Profile Here 

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Glenn Retreat LEED Home has Innovative Blackwater Design Feature

The "Glenn Retreat" project exemplifies water use reduction both outdoor and indoor, with a 72% reduction in irrigation due in part by
photothe AdvanTex(R) Wastewater Treatment Systems manufactured by Orenco (R) that is a environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment technology that treats blackwater and greywater so well that the treated effluent can be re-used for subsurface irrigation (We achieved a additional LEED innovation point with this system). Along with Infiltrating Rain Gardens, Edible Forest Gardens, Extensive use of Native Drought Tolerant Plants and Eco Turf Grass on the outside and with low flow WaterSense certified toilet and fixture on the inside this project achieved almost every point under Water Efficiency in the LEED for Homes checklist. Our approach to handling waste water and storm water turned a negative attribute into a positive one; and created a drought tolerant and low maintenance landscape.

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The site’s soil composition has high clay content, and coupled with a high water table makes for a less desirable building site. Fill dirt and sand were added to the center of the site to elevate the house a few feet above grade. Drain tiles and French drains were installed around the house to channel water into swales and rain gardens which we developed along the north, east and west property lines. This watering system has proven sufficient to support the wide variety of plant life added to the property. Our system eliminated the painstaking task of cleaning rain gutters too because we didn’t need to install any. The high water table also presented a challenge for the septic system. We selected an advanced system  that uses a smaller drain field, and generates effluent certified by NSF International for subsurface irrigation. A native wildflower and prairie grass landscape is being developed on the septic drain field. Key Features Fabral Metal Roof (Energy Star) Exterior Construction is Advanced Framing @ 24" o.c. 8" of Agri based Open Cell Foam Insulation in attic. (R40) 4" Ridged Foam Insulation under the Slab. (R-20) 3" of Agri based Open Cell Foam Insulation on interior crawl space foundation walls. Exterior walls are Air Sealed with 5" Cellulose Insulation (R-22) with 1" Dow Styrofoam SIS Sheathing (R-5.5). (stops Thermal Bridging) James Hardie cement board siding. (with recycled content) MiraTec trim. (formaldehyde free, SCS Certified) 93% of Construction waste was diverted fro the landfills.

Watch a two part video series where we go into the homes and interview the homeowner and architect. 

See more pictures & details on Houzz

PDF project profile 

Sketch up drawings 

 

 

Events

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LEED Green Rater Training

There are currently nearly 200,000 registered LEED® for Homes™ projects worldwide and over 50,000 certified with each project requires third-party on-site verification and performance testing by a LEED Green Rater. If you’re interested in filling this need as part of USGBC’s LEED for Homes Green Rater program, this training is for you!

Before registering all applicants must meet/submit initial qualifications to be accepted. GreenHome Institute can help you complete section 4 of the qualifications by either accessing our online webinar version of HOMES 252 or attending the 1 day pre course on November 4th.

During this training we will also be offering the ability to complete 2 final verification mentorship walkthroughs as well as offering follow up to completing 2 submittal packages. Learn more about mentorship here. 

In the months following the training, participants will get access to training materials and take a computer-based exam provided by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) at a local testing center.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify responsibilities of a LEED for Homes Green Rater in each phase of a project
  • Manage and conduct verification activities
  • Effectively use the project checklist file
  • Communicate effectively with project teams and LEED for Homes Providers
  • Apply the sampling protocol on applicable projects
  • Prepare accurate and complete certification submittal packages
  • Speak to major changes when V4 for Homes is launched

Audience

This training is intended for professionals with a minimum of three years’ experience in the residential construction industry and basic residential green building knowledge who are interested in providing verification services on  LEED for Homes projects. Those with a background in on-site verification and/or energy rating are particularly qualified.

Prerequisites - Submit LEED for Homes Green Rater Eligibility Qualifications.

Continuing Education CEUs

This course, like all USGBC LEED education programs, meets GBCI eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate.

RESNET: 14 hours
BPI: 
8.5 CEUs
GBCI CE:
 14 hours (LEED Homes Specific)
AIA/CES: 14 HSW/SD Learning Units
BOMI: 14 (CPD)
CoreNet: 14 (CPD)
CSI: 1.6 (CEU)
NARI Green: 14 hours
AIBD 14 Hours

Bonus Mentorship + Project Tour Details

GHI understands mentorship can be difficult to find and we will do our best to work with you. By attending this course you can knock out 4 out 6 mentorship requirements.

Evolutionary Home owner - Brandon Weiss, is building a LEED Platinum, Passive House and Living Building Challenge home. Dubbed the Uber Haus, this will be ready for final inspection and be open November 6th to tour and complete a required QA final inspection mentorship on. Brandon will discuss how and why he is building to these standards and how they integrate.

Saturday Morning - November 6th you are invited to join stay and join us for a walk through of a downtown market rate LEED multifamily development and complete your second required mentorship and QA final inspection.

We work with Habitat for Kent County on 20 + LEED homes a year. As such you can complete both of your final submittals online through this organization in partnership with GHI. Also throughout the year you are welcome to join us in Grand Rapids MI to complete your pre-drywall walk throughs at no additional fee.  Conversly you may also use our internal collaborative green rater to register your own real project and list yourself as the secondary rater so to complete your mentorship on actual project.

Instructor

Jason La Fleur, Principal at Eco Achievers - LEED AP+Homes, BD+C, PHIUS Rater, HERS and LEED Green RaterJason

Jason LaFleur is a long time champion, advocate and educator for better residential building in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Jason formerly from the appraisal institute trainings home construction and valuation professionals on how and why green buildings are important. Jason's company provides consulting, plan review, energy & LEED inspections/test and overall marketing for project teams. Jason currently is the chair of the USGBC-IL residential committee.

Lodging
Discounted lodging is available upon request

Implementing LEED for homes Live In person

Understanding LEED for Homes Workshop: Homes 252

LEED for Homes is an international rating system that helps builders, developers, architects and homeowners understand how and why to build, design and rehab homes to a higher standard that ensures 3rd party test performance. LEED help guarantee, efficiency, health, durability and affordability single/multifamily, mixed use, mid to high rise projects. Learn how you can commit your next project to this standard.

By the end of this online education series, you will be able to:

* Identify the types of projects which are eligible for certification
* Recognize the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the LEED certification process.
* Recognize goals, intents, and requirements of prerequisites and key credits, and strategies to meet them
* Identify synergies between LEED credits
* Understand how to navigate the LEED checklist and online Submittals Portal

Course Outcomes
* Pre construction Plan Draft Checklist Completed
* Knowledge of LEED for Homes Process & Rating system opportunities
* Meet Requirements for LEED AP Homes Credential
* Know Steps to take your Exam

Agenda

8 am to 10 am

  1. Introduction to LEED for Homes & Green Home Certifications.
  2. LEED for Homes Provider & Green Rater – What and who are they?
  3. Understanding the Materials Resource (MR) of the LEED for Homes 200
  4. Break

10:15 - noon

  1. Location & Linkages (LL)
  2. Sustainable Sites (SS)
  3. Water Efficiency (WE)

12:45 - 3 pm 

  1. Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
  2. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  3. Break

3:15 - 5 pm 

  1. Innovation and Design (ID)
  2. Awareness & Education (AE)
  3. LEED for Homes Version 4 Introduction
  4. LEED Checklist Navigation
  5. LEED registration and Submittal Process How to

Continuing Education

8 GBCI (LEED H Specific)
8 AIA/CES (LU/HSW)
8 NARI Green
8 Local & State Contractor & Architect Licence may be applicable

Who should come?

  • Builders
  • Developers
  • Architects / Designers
  • Remodeler
  • Policy Makers
  • Homeowners - DIY
  • HERS / BPI Raters
  • Appraisers
  • Home Inspectors

 

Learn how to apply the LEED for Homes rating system to a real project by walking through the phases of a typical project and the key decisions that project teams must make, including key stakeholder considerations. Engage in interactive, case-based activities that enable you to work hands-on with LEED implementation strategies and rating system tools.

 

Instructor

Jason La Fleur, Principal at Eco Achievers - LEED AP+Homes, BD+C, PHIUS Rater, HERS and LEED Green RaterJason

Jason LaFleur is a long time champion, advocate and educator for better residential building in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Jason formerly from the appraisal institute trainings home construction and valuation professionals on how and why green buildings are important. Jason's company provides consulting, plan review, energy & LEED inspections/test and overall marketing for project teams. Jason currently is the chair of the USGBC-IL residential committee.

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Introduction to LEED for Homes – Free CE Webinar

LEED for Homes is a residential green building certification that applies to all residential projects from remodels to new construction and from single family to high rise mixed use multifamily. With over 100,000 certified homes, this is an internationally recognized green building rating system that can help you make your next project better. Join us as we go through the highlights of the program, requirements, certification process, case studies, lessons learned and how to work with your verification team.

Bonus: We will also discuss the highlights of up coming changes of the Version 4 rating system and what to expect.

Continuing Education - CES 1

GBCI (LEED Specific), AIA(HSW), NARI Green, NGBS, AIBD and state design or construction license may apply

Lessons Learned

  • Know where to find more resources to build, design, or remodel healthier and better residential buildings
  • Understand how LEED improves the safety and welfare of people and communities through more efficient homes
  • Articulate the certification process of LEED for Homes and how it is different from commercial
  • Know where to get information on the LEED H and becoming an accredited professional.

Instructor

Brett Little, LEED APH, LFA, GHP

Executive Director at the GreenHome Institute since 2010, Brett is a 2014 30 under 30 Home Energy Magazine Entrepreneur award recipient. Brett helps educate people on the basics of residential green building and lives in MI's 1st GreenStar remodel of 1920's existing home. He lives in Beer City USA (Grand Rapids) with his wife and son and sits on the USGBCWM board of directors since 2012.