EcoUrban Homes

EcoUrban Homes is the first company to make LEED certified, prefab homes available to homeowners in Missouri. The first line of homes, designed by Garen Miller, is available for purchase right now.

“We are excited to pursue LEED certification,” said EcoUrban Homes' Jay Swoboda. “As a company, we are committed to building some of the healthiest, most ecologically considered homes available and we will use LEED for Homes both to clarify what we’re doing and why – and to help our customers understand what’s different and important vis-à-vis other homes. The LEED certification will be an appropriate and much-appreciated acknowledgement, of our efforts.”

The USGBC, a non-profit organization, developed the LEED green building rating system as a set of voluntary, consensus-based national standards for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED for Homes, which is scheduled for a full public launch late 2007, is a voluntary initiative that promotes the transformation of the mainstream home building industry towards more sustainable practices and rewards the top green home builders who are the first to move in that direction.

The program is meant to provide national consistency in defining the features of a green home and to enable builders anywhere in the country to obtain a “green” rating on their homes. Builders of LEED certified homes will be able to differentiate their homes as the best homes in their markets, using a recognized national brand.

Similar to the LEED program for new commercial construction, the LEED for Homes pilot is based on a four-tiered rating system (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum) that awards points to projects based on their efficient use of energy resources, water resources, building construction resources, land resources, and consideration of enhanced indoor environmental quality. The EcoUrban Solstice home, designed by architect Garen Miller is seeking a total of 85 points out of 130, establishing EcoUrban Homes as a leader in sustainable design.

To meet the high standards set by the USGBC and to respond to the market’s appetite for healthy, sustainable living, each EcoUrban Home is designed to attain at least a Silver LEED rating. The Solstice home incorporates a unique blend of materials and innovative environmental systems, with hope of earning the Gold designation. The home’s anticipated energy use is 80% more efficient than a conventional residence of similar size, which qualifies the home as an Energy Star® home. Many of the materials in the home are re-used or sustainably created. Finally, the home was produced with 75% less construction waste compared to traditional home construction.

Acknowledging that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Science Advisory Board have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health and that recent studies show that the levels of many airborne pollutants may be 25 to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors, EcoUrban Homes is one of the first home developers to take such proactive design measures to minimize the home’s environmental impact, both inside and out. The home features low-emitting finish materials, Low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints and stains.



About EcoUrban Homes®

EcoUrban Homes (www.ecourbanhomes.com) is a premier developer of modern and historic off-site construction homes that combine great design with an unparalleled commitment to health and sustainable construction. All EcoUrban Homes are designed to achieve at least a LEED for Home accreditation and incorporate an environmental program that is among the most comprehensive of any urban, infill home.

About USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Since its founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 6,300 member companies and organizations, a 75-person professional staff, a broad portfolio of LEED® rating systems and services, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and a network of over 70 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.

About LEED®

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a performance-oriented, consensus-developed rating system under which credits are earned for satisfying specific green building criteria. The five major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each category. LEED can be applied to various building applications including new construction and renovations, commercial interiors, core & shell developments and existing building operations and maintenance. LEED programs are currently under development for neighborhood development and homes. LEED has been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and private corporations as the benchmark for leadership in sustainable building. For more information, visit http://www.usgbc.org.

About Energy Star®

Homes that earn the Energy Star must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star qualified homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Energy Star qualified homes can include a variety of energy-efficient features, such as effective insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment and Energy Star qualified lighting and appliances. These features contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, and to lower energy demand and reduced air pollution. Energy Star also encourages the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances, as well as features designed to improve indoor air quality.

 
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