The LEED 2009 Green Building Rating System, which provides performance standards to certify the built environment—whether commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings, public and private—seeks to insure healthy, affordable, and eco-friendly structures. Viridian Future is working to meet these criteria by building a uniquely livable, beautiful, green home.

LEED outlines seven topics in its prerequisites and credits for new construction and major renovations:

  • Sustainable Sites (SS)
  • Water Efficiency (WE)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (EA)
  • Materials and Resources (MR)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  • Innovation in Design (ID)
  • Regional Priority (RP)

With certifications awarded according to a scaled credit system (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum), Viridian Future is happy to announce its major renovation of a Townhouse into a LEED Platinum Townhouse. Our building strategies receive credits within each of the above topics, with the potential to meet the maximum possible points in SS, EA, IEQ and ID categories. Water Efficiency and Regional Priority already reach the maximum credits on the projected building score.

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The strategies that meet these construction criteria stretch from the house’s top to bottom—literally. Two water storage tanks for collected rainwater make efficient use of water on the roof, as solar collectors, providing daylight to the building’s interior via fiberoptic cables, literally bring the sun inside. One-hundred-mm (four-inch) cellulose insulation aids argon-filled, triple-glazed, high-performance M2M windows in retaining heat in winter and cooling the rooms in summer, as LED cascades throughout the rooms from uniquely designed wall sconces. The interior also is replete with many open spaces whose walls are perfect for hanging artwork (making use of directional lighting).

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Unity of purpose is a central theme within our Platinum space: A fully integrated digital home-control system covering entertainment, security, lighting, and environment manages room ambience in each of the interior areas. Access to the varied spaces is simple and easy, as well. Those not wishing to take the circular glass elevator have the added option of using an open, central steel winding staircase.

The elevator and the staircase bring guests to the top of the structure, into 360-degree sunlight and French doors leading onto the garden, with a timber deck ready for a hot tub and garden chairs, sitting under an overhanging roof. Within, the conveyances can transport visitors to a varied array of spaces: a family bedroom, with en suite shower, and a guest bedroom, with en suite bath. Other areas are functional—a utility room with laundry and a toilet—as well as a landing, a media room and dining room. Pride of place, however, is found in the master suite, featuring a luxury bathroom, walk-thru closet and study area.

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Function rules below in a services room beneath the front stoop, which could be used for commercial purposes (charitable, medical or charitable functions are all possible). This abuts an enclosed area under glass for potted plants below a sun deck with patio slabs (a water retaining green roof). The new stoop will match local style, leading into an outer hall for receiving visitors, and segueing into an inner hall.

In this house, no space is wasted, and little energy is lost, in a totally realized, elegant design both state-of-the-art and inviting to owner and guest alike. It is a tribute to the building’s design that these functions also meet LEED criteria without detracting from the house’s aesthetic beauty.

A sustainable dwelling making superb use of space, water, innovation in design technology, Viridian Future’s Platinum home insures a green future, affordably and durably, right now.

– Alessia Pilloni