LEED Homes Award Winners Use Rainwater Capture, Permeable Surfaces, and PVs

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | July 1, 2019
rainwater capture is one of the features of sustainable home design in LEED Awards
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Recipients of this year’s annual LEED Homes Awards included rainwater capture, permeable surfaces, and solar panels in their designs. The LEED Platinum 100-year-old Holt Residence in Providence, R.I., which won Outstanding Single-Family Project, added a 1000-gallon cistern rainwater capture system for landscape irrigation.

Another Outstanding Single-Family Project, the Silverman Residence in George Town, Cayman Islands, is equipped to store nearly 20,000 gallons of rainwater that can be filtered for human consumption in an emergency situation. The Owen Residence inLittle Rock, Ark., which also won Outstanding Single-Family Project, features 42 PVs that provide all the energy needed to power the 2,662-square-foot home, as well as two vehicles.

Casa Feliz in Albuquerque, N.M., a winner in the Outstanding Affordable Project category, included a 100% permeable landscaping surface to allow for efficient irrigation and water use reduction.

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