Extreme Green Remodel: North Carolina House Goes LEED Platinum

When his parents moved into a retirement community, Jay DeChesere, an architect, decided to totally remodel their 1980s house, making it an example of green architecture. The house, in Wilmington, North Carolina, ended up earning 113.5 points in the LEED for Homes program (a great score; it's one of the highest ever recorded for a home remodel). Designed to be a demonstration home that includes as many green features as possible, it has everything from solar panels to a geothermal system to a green roof. During the renovation, 91% of waste was diverted from landfills, and the crew kept as much of the original construction as possible. The house also includes:


  • Energy Star-rated appliances

  • 85% of rain falling on the roof is collected for irrigation and toilet flushing

  • Occupancy sensors

  • LED and CFL lighting

  • Energy Star-rated fiberglass windows with Low-E4 glass

  • Zone-controlled and rain-delay-controlled irrigation

  • American Standard low-flow showerheads and lav faucets

  • Toto 1.28-gpf toilet; American Standard dual-flush toilet

  • Icestone recycled-content bathroom countertops

  • Locally harvested and manufactured wood products; FSC-certified lumber where appropriate

  • Concrete driveway reused as sidewalk pavers

  • Fresh-air system

  • MERV-13 filters

  • Low- and no-VOC finishes

  • Non-toxic pest control

  • Concrete countertops made with 40% recycled content

Find out more at the home's website. If you happen to be in the area, you can email the architect and go check it out.

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