The founder of the U.S. Green Building Council’s new home in Oakland, Calif., is the highest-scoring LEED house renovation ever.
founder of the U.S. Green Building Council’s new home in Oakland, Calif., is
the highest scoring LEED house renovation ever.
The home scored 106.5 points out of
136 possible under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes
Green Building Rating System, which earned it a platinum rating.
USGBC founder David Gottfried, his
wife Sara and their children moved into the house in August. The 1,500-square-foot
1915 Craftsman bungalow is half the size of the Gottfrieds’ previous residence.
“We hoped to showcase how to green
an old historic home and still achieve LEED-platinum, as well as downsize 50
percent for a family of four,” David Gottfried said.
Rick Fedrizzi, the USGBC’s
president, CEO and founding chairman, said he was thrilled by Gottfried’s
“David is a personal hero of mine.
We crossed the line from friends to family a long time ago, and to my mind he
has always been the epitome of authentic green leadership,” he said. “He leaves
nothing to chance and truly believes, as Gandhi said, that he will be the
change he wants to see in the world. This stunning achievement further
illustrates his dedication to the health of his family, his community, our
environment and the organization he founded. I am always proud to see this kind
of success in advancing the green building movement; that it was achieved by
David, Sara and their beautiful girls is truly thrilling for me.”
information on the house is available at www.gottfriedhome.com.
USGBC names ‘greenest' home renovation
December 3, 2008