LEEDing the Way!
For starters, how to decide on the title when so many opportunities to play on the LEED are available; Born to LEED, Follow the LEEDer, LEED By Example, Taking the LEED, actually I really like that last one...
Taking the LEED
The construction industry is riddled with the word "Green". It often accompanies environmental buzzwords like sustainability, but the real question is what does it mean? The unfortunate reality is that Green has been used as an all encompassing term to describe everything from the use of natural materials, to renewable energy production, to a recycling bin under the kitchen sink. As a result, many companies have become perpetrators of "Greenwashing". Greenwashing refers to those who make the claim that they are using Green Construction or Green Building, when in fact their methods only appear to be in the best interest of the environment.
This brings us to LEED, The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System®. This program was developed by the United States Green Building Council and has been adopted by the CaGBC as well. Its goal is to encourage and quantify the global adoption of environmental building and development practices with a specific set of universally understood and accepted criteria. This makes it one of the only programs available that offers quantified proof that construction is environmentally friendly.
The LEED program employs an approach that covers the entire building process and measures efficiencies in design and maintenance. It focuses on five specific areas of human and environmental health:
- Sustainable Site Development
- Water Efficiency
- Energy Efficiency
- Materials Selection
- Indoor Environmental Quality
The four levels of LEED Certification identify the depth of the effort and design to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment.
The motivation for Wing Creek Resort to work to certify each of the new homes two-fold. First of all, the passion we all feel towards the natural beauty of the Kootenay region is evident in almost everything that we do professionally and personally. We aren't environmentalists, but we respect and appreciate the untouched nature that makes the Kootenays so special. Second, the steps taken throughout the LEED process to ensure that a home works efficiency and, most importantly, is a healthy home to live in, made it a very easy choice. It gave us peace of mind in knowing that each of our homes have the cleanest possible air, the freshest and healthiest water, and the necessary protection against natural elements such as Radon. LEED ensures that we have all the necessary components and more. Combine that with the quality and luxury of a Hamill Creek Timber Homes and you have exactly what a home should be; a warm, safe, healthy, and beautiful place to live.
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