Lakeshore Builder Helps Existing Homeowners Achieve LEED® Certification
Holland, Michigan… Cottage Home, designers and builders of well-appointed beach houses and cottages, announced it is now offering renovation services designed to bring existing homes into compliance for LEED certification through the LEED for Homes program. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the program is an extension of REGREEN, the first nationwide green residential remodeling program for existing homes.
“Sustainable design is the core of our building process,” said Brian Bosgraaf, Owner and Designer, Cottage Home. “We’re now remodeling existing homes to meet these higher criteria, capitalizing on the value of facility re-use and affording homeowners the satisfaction of knowing their home is LEED certified. Our goals are still the same with remodeling as if we were to build new: to create homes that use less energy, water and natural resources with unmatched comfort and sustainability.”
For an existing home to be LEED renovated, the project must include a ‘gut’ rehab, including drywall removal to the studs in at least one wall and exterior ceiling. Homes must also meet the prerequisites in the LEED for Homes rating system. The REGREEN program addresses the fundamental aspects of any green renovation, including the site of the home, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
As REGREEN and LEED Trained professionals, Cottage Home staff members have been trained in product selection, building systems integration and green strategies. Cottage Home has a long history of environmental stewardship, as well as sustainable design and building processes. Cottage Home is a member of LEED for Homes and Green Built Michigan as well as many other conservation organizations.