The House that Andy Built (Grandville Ave.) is certified LEED platinum! This is the highest level of excellence for sustainable building, and Andy's house is the 5th Habitat Kent home to earn LEED platinum since 2006 from the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED, which stands for Leaders in Energy & Environmental Design, provides independent verification that a structure was built using strategies that ensure human and evironmental health. Criteria include sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.
Andy's House received high marks for location, materials, design and construction, and especially energy efficiency. The four-bedroom home earned an exceptionally high HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating, meaning it's virtually airtight, which is a primary emphasis in Habitat Kent's green building strategies.
What's most extraordinary in this case, says Construction Director Connie O'Toole, is that Andy's House was built according to ordinary Habitat Kent plans and practices. "We built this house like we build all our houses," she said. "The volunteer crews that worked there really deserve the applause." O'Toole credits the volunteers who spent hours caulking seams to make the home airtight. A little caulk can go a long way.
The House that Andy Built was constructed in 2013 in memory of Andy Angelo, a lifelong supporter of the Roosevelt Park community. More than 425 volunteers helped build the home, which was dedicated last December.
"This was an amazing project from start to finish," said Mary Angelo, Andy's wife. "Sustainability — in design, buildings and neighborhoods — is critical to the health of any city."
We agree! We love it when our homes save both the environment and a family's bank account.