Recently, we’ve been reporting on Florida buildings that have achieved LEED certification. This week, we’ve discovered a very green home that deserves a mention of its own. The Sarasota Power Haus in Lakewood Ranch is making news because of its impressive LEED score and rating on the Home Energy Rating System.
The Sarasota Power Haus is the highest scoring LEED home in the United States. Move over California, Oregon and solar-happy New Jersey, Florida is home to the greenest house in the nation. To earn LEED Platinum status, a building or home must earn a score of at least 95. The Sarasota Haus was awarded a staggering 118 points by the U.S. Green Building Council, putting into perspective just how green the house is. The home also achieved “the lowest score conceivable” on the Home Energy Rating System, with an index of -22 (with an “excellent” score being 40, on a scale of 0 to 100).
So what all went into making this Haus the greenest in the country? Here is a quick rundown:
- High-powered solar photovoltaic system
- Concrete blocks filled with foam insulation
- Kitchen cabinets constructed with recyclable material
- Programmable LED lighting
- Polished concrete flooring
- Interior walls made from troweled clay
- In lieu of a garage, an overhanging roof for parking in the shade
We’re proud that the greenest home in the U.S. belongs to a Florida resident. The Power Haus was constructed by Florida-based builder Josh Wynne Contruction, and produces more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. Advanced Control Corporation is an industry leader in building automation in Florida, energy management, lighting control and more green building practices. Call (954) 491-6660 today for more information on how you can help make your company’s building eco-friendly.