Monthly Archives: April 2012

Innovative Design Process

Innovative Design Process (ID) is the first requirement in the checklist for meeting prerequisites and gaining points towards LEED certification. As a result of this project’s preliminary rating we have already met one prerequisite for ID and can document most … Continue reading

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Documentation for LEED

LEED projects are all about documentation and verification. It is one thing to say the house is in a developed area or has an uninterrupted thermal envelope and another to document those so that it can be certified as having … Continue reading

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Design Charrette–Planning

There is a LEED point for having a kick0ff planning meeting with the LEED Project team. LEED calls this meeting a Design Charrette which is a french term for taking a cart around to get input on an architectural design. … Continue reading

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Deconstruction–Step Two

Not only does Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses for people, since 1998 Denver’s Habitat has been building LEED certified homes that save the homeowners more each year that energy costs increase. Habitat has a lot of experience with recycling … Continue reading

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Denver Metro Restore! Throughout our Arizona remodeling work we have become fans of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore both for donations of items we have replaced and for finding materials that have been donated by others. We have purchased light … Continue reading

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Deconstruction–Step One

Colorado has rules. There are more rules there than we are used to. We knew remodeling in a city would require lots of drawings and permits and inspections and stuff we don’t generally like to do. So the first step … Continue reading

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Rebate!

We received our $180 rebate from Xcel Energy for our $300 Energy Audit. Now we are qualified to apply for other Xcel Energy rebates for insulation and a new energy efficient boiler which this house really needs. Here is what … Continue reading

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Preliminary LEED Rating

LEED Start Up Process: 1. Contact a LEED for Homes Green Rater/Provider (No longer found on LEED site!) 2. Determine if the project is suitable for LEED. For us this was a phone, email discussion. (LEED for Homes Eligibility Guildlines) … Continue reading

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