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Cottage Home Builds First LEED Certified Homes in South Haven

Lakefront Homes Receive Gold and Silver Certification From The U.S. Green Building Council

Holland, Michigan… Cottage Home announced today that the company’s two lakefront homes on Monroe Boulevard in South Haven have received LEED® Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design. The Monroe Beach House at 850 Monroe Boulevard was awarded LEED Gold certification, while the neighboring home at 862 Monroe Boulevard was awarded LEED Silver.

LEED for Homes is a green home certification system for assuring homes are designed and built to be energy – and resource – efficient and healthy for occupants. LEED certified homes must meet a technically rigorous and complex set of specifications that include: construction process, materials, location, design, a home energy (HERS) rating, and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

Completed last summer, the two new homes are the first LEED Certified homes in the city of South Haven. The homes were built by Cottage Home, who specializes in the design and construction of lakefront LEED homes. Through this commitment to green homebuilding, Cottage Home is assuring that homeowners benefit from sustainable technologies, reduced carbon footprint and comfortable living. Cottage Home has built six LEED Certified homes, all of which are on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan.

“As LEED certified homes, 850 and 862 Monroe Boulevard serve as a model of greener living for the entire community,” said Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development for the U.S. Green Building Council. “The homes are at the national forefront of quality; and their example can help us all to live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting our utility bills, and coming home to a healthier place to live.”

Some of the LEED features in the two Cottage Homes intended to reduce energy usage include low-e argon windows, special Icynene® insulation, 2×6 exterior wall systems, CFL and LED light fixtures, bath fan timers, and a high efficiency boiler system for radiant heat and domestic hot water in the Monroe Beach House, among many other technical specifications. Other unique selections were implemented as well, including locally harvested white oak flooring and recycled glass shower tile.

LEED certification is as much about design and preparation as it is the implementation of various systems and building specifications, so efficient material planning and usage on the job sites were also key factors in the high levels of certification, as well as the construction waste recycling system that was employed during construction. This resourceful planning has lead to cost savings for the homeowners and two outstanding sustainable and efficient Lake Michigan homes.