Friday, November 13, 2009

Only 15 of nation’s 3,000 homes with LEED certification can be found in metro Phoenix

[Source: Phoenix Business Journal] Green building experts from around the world converged on Phoenix this week for Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, where they got to hear from some of the leading voices for greening of housing in America at the event's Residential Summit.

Despite all of the fanfare, Phoenix is not a wellspring for sustainable housing. Of 3,089 housing units certified nationwide under the USGBC's Leadership and Environmental Design program, only 15 are in the valley. LEED is the most universally accepted measurement of the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings and neigborhoods.

Eight of the Valley's 15 LEED-certified units are part of the upscale Galleries at Turney, a sleekly designed community developed by Ed Gorman, founder of Modus Development, and designed by merz project architects. Located in a traditional neighborhood of modest ranch houses south of Biltmore Fashion Park, the community has become an internationally acclaimed example of contemporary design intersecting sustainability. [Note: to read the full article click here].

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