Affordable Home in Norfolk built by Green Built It Named First Residential Property in Hampton Roads to Achieve LEED Certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Green Build It recently completed a second LEED for Homes project that is awaiting LEED certification in the Park Place neighborhood of Norfolk. The Ghent Business Association in conjunction with “The Greening of Ghent”, an earth day celebration, is sponsoring a free Open House of this residence Friday, April 23, 2010 • 439 W. 30th Street, Norfolk, VA 23508 Reservations are requested –

Norfolk, VA (April 15, 2010) – A Norfolk home was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design. The home is the first residential property in Hampton Roads – and one of only thirteen homes in Virginia to achieve LEED certification.

The property is located at 1434 Lead St. in the Bruce’s Park neighborhood of Norfolk near Broad Creek and sold for $181,000. The home was designed and built by Green Build It, a design-driven residential development firm based in Norfolk and focused on innovative, unique, eco-friendly homes.

Green Build It is helping to provide energy efficient, environmentally friendly homes while keeping homeownership affordable. “We use LEED parameters to direct many of our design decisions,” said John Porter, Project Manager for Green Build It. “We built the home using an integrated approach and the LEED Gold Certification validates our belief that a well designed, green home can be affordable to the average American.”

“Norfolk is pleased to have the region’s first LEED-certified residential property,” said Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim. “This is an important step forward for our city and its efforts to build a sustainable future.” Rebekah Burke, president of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council adds, “The HRGBC is very proud of the first LEED for Homes Gold Certified building in our region. Building and living in an affordable, energy efficient and healthy home brings together a multitude of important principles to make our community proud. The commitment to be environmentally conscious and provide a healthy home, while promoting social equity is of critical importance to the future of a sustainable community.”

The 1700 sq ft residence was built with innovative waste reducing techniques, which resulted in less wood and related materials being used and transported. The home features a well insulated building envelope using environmentally friendly spray foam and cellulose insulation; low-e argon windows; high efficiency lighting; and a free energy ventilation system that circulates fresh air throughout the home with high grade filtration to remove allergens. Other features include a pervious driveway to reduce rainwater runoff, low-flow water fixtures, dual flush toilets, drought resistant landscaping,

and low VOC (volatile organic compounds) finishes and paints. As a result of incorporating energy saving design and technologies, 1434 Lead St. earned a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index of 69 – which equates to approximately a 31% more energy efficient home than similar homes built based on current 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes is a national third-party certification system for energy efficient, healthy, green homes. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes a home energy rating system (HERS) and on-site inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live. LEED awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. Depending on the number of points earned; a building is awarded a certified, silver, gold or platinum rating. To date, more than 2,200 homes have been LEED-certified, and more than 14,600 are registered and under development. For information, visit

GreenBuildIt recently completed a second LEED for Homes project that has been designed for LEED certification in the Park Place neighborhood of Norfolk. A tour of the Park Place home will be held on Friday April 23rd from 4pm-7pm and is open to the public. The open house is in conjunction with the “Greening of Ghent” – A Week Long Earth Day Celebration sponsored by the Ghent Business Association. Reservations are requested to assist in tour planning. For more information or to RSVP, please email

About Green BuildI t

Green Build It is a design-driven residential development firm specializing in innovative, unique, eco- friendly homes. For more information visit or email

About U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 20,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED® green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations all sharing the Council’s commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy- saving green buildings. For more information, please visit

About Hampton Roads Green Building Council

The Hampton Roads Green Building Council is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council serving the Greater Hampton Roads area. Its vision is one of a transformed Hampton Roads in which the principles of sustainable planning, design, construction and operations are accepted, normal and achieved for the benefit of the public and the environment. HRGBC seeks to promote sustainable building practices in the region through educational programming and endorsement of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEEDTM) green building rating system. For more information about HRGBC visit

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