InSite does LEED!
Team Middlebury is excited to announce that we are pursuing LEED for Homes for InSite! We have always taken sustainability into close consideration for all of our design decisions and we are confident that InSite will get a very high accreditation.
The Team is lucky to be working with our Green Rater, Karla, who works at Steven Winter Associates in Fairfield, Connecticut. To achieve our certification, we must work with a checklist that LEED provides and have a Green Rater approve our documentation. Each line on the checklist has points associated with it that we accumulate in order to get accredited as “Certified”, “Silver”, “Gold”, or “Platinum”. The lines range from using energy efficient appliances and mechanical systems such as our air-to-air heat pump, to calculating the distance our materials will come from. As one of our 5 Points of InSiteful Architecture is “use local resources,” we are expecting to do pretty well in this qualification! Material choices such as locally sourced barn siding and maple flooring harvested from Middlebury-owned lands are just two examples of how we have reduced the embodied energy of our home and its carbon footprint.
In fact, Team Middlebury has been preparing for LEED certification well before we thought about pursuing this opportunity. Our early discussions about InSite’s mission helped us form a base in what we wanted our environmental impact to be for the project, and our meticulous procurement team has been extremely thorough in setting environmentally conscious goals for the team regarding our material and appliance choices. For example, as a team we decided to avoid VOC-dominant products, to use Cellulose Insulation as opposed to spray foam, and to ship our home by inter-modal transport to minimize fossil-fuel expenditure. These types of decisions help our team stand out as we have a mission that goes beyond implementing solar power; we want to make our home environmentally friendly in every respect.
The next steps we must go through for LEED certification involve careful documentation and specification of our home’s systems and materials, as well as undergoing testing to guarantee energy efficiency within the home. We hope that through our LEED accreditation, more will be able to learn more about our project. We will be extremely proud to add another LEED-certified building to Middlebury’s campus when it returns next October. The team is really grateful to work with Karla and Steven Winter Associates, and we are looking forward to learning more about the LEED program and how we can continue to promote environmental awareness and change through architecture!