What makes a house a LEED certified home

Two Praxis projects have applied for, and received, LEED Platinum certification. The first, the Rothstein/Meckler Residence, received this distinction in 2011. The other, the Summers/Render Residence, won its Platinum designation in 2014.

Each of these custom homes won points for green characteristics that, when tabulated, determined its level of certification. Behind the numbers are real Earth-friendly design elements and construction techniques that set these homes apart from non-LEED homes. The owners of these homes derive tangible and financial benefits, as does the surrounding community and the planet we all inhabit.

NOTE: Items scored as prerequisites in the table below are qualities inherent in the home which award no points, but permit subsequent points to be earned.

Point-by-point tally: Turning green into Platinum