Blue Sky Meadows is seeking LEED certification by USGBC for achievement in green homebuilding and design. LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy and durable for the occupants. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that often includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

Interior home 'Green' Features

  • 95% high efficiency furnaces and 16 SEER air conditioners
  • Water efficient washing machines
  • HVAC equipment is controlled with programmable thermostats
  • High efficiency hot water heaters
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures are used to reduce water consumption and help conserve resources
  • Energy Star® rated ceiling fans and interior light fixtures with energy-saving fluorescent lamps
  • Energy Star® rated appliances
  • Kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans are ducted to the exterior in order to help reduce humidity and improve indoor air quality.
  • Energy Star® rated dryers
  • In order to provide high indoor air quality in the homes, low VOC interior finishes such as paint, grout, carpet, hard-surface flooring and adhesives were used.

 

LEED for Homes

Exterior home 'Green' Features

  • Windows have a low air-infiltration value, with a low-e, dual glazing system to provide high insulation value and minimize solar heat gain.
  • The walls, roof and foundation perimeter of the homes have insulation values that are higher than building code requirements.  Wall insulation is a blown-in product that insulates into the small and tight spaces between the wall studs.
  • Many building materials used contain recycled content including the gypsum wallboard, carpet and insulation.
  • The fiber cement board siding is a durable cladding product with recycled content.
  • Termite shields were included at the base of exterior walls to assist in preventing pests.
  • Roofing is Energy Star® rated to reduce heat gain within the homes and lessen impacts of the heat island effect.