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Cottage Home Receives Two New LEED Designations

Holland, Mich., January 27, 2011 – Cottage Home, designers and builders of well appointed beach houses and cottages, announced today that two new homes achieved LEED® Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED Green Building Rating System is the USGBC’s leading ranking classification for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy-efficient and high-performing buildings.

The North Beach Cottage: LEED PLATINUM
The North Beach Cottage’s location on South Haven’s North Beach, presented unique rebuild challenges and made the North Beach Cottage the perfect candidate for LEED Platinum certification — the highest possible level awarded by the USGBC. Maximum use of the existing site was the cornerstone of the sustainable plan. Other features include a compact water heating system design using an on-demand water heater and efficient water fixtures that exceed the EPA WaterSense guidelines, a concrete patio and composite siding made from recycled material, durable wood floor for the main level, and second level carpeting that is GreenGuard (low VOC) certified.

LakeBridge One: LEED SILVER
LakeBridge One is the last of the seven homes built in the LakeBridge lakefront community. Indigenous and non-invasive landscaping are part of a carefully designed drainage and water collection system, as well as a zoned irrigation system to minimize water use. Hardscaping is permeable with special pavers, also channeling runoff to the community’s rain garden.

In addition, durable composite siding, locally harvested wood floors, and GreenGuard carpet was used throughout the home. Air quality and energy efficiency were achieved through foam insulation and air seals, with a high efficiency HVAC system sized precisely for the home. As an additional heating measure, a high efficiency boiler heats the enclosed porch space while meeting the increased demand of hot water in the summer months.

“It’s rewarding that our homes continue to be recognized by the USGBC for sustainability,” said Brian Bosgraaf, President, Cottage Home. “Our mission allows us to deliver sustainable, long term resource management without compromising lakefront lifestyle.”