LENOX, Mass. — A public presentation on the LEED for Homes ratings system will be held at Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m.
The presentation is appropriate for building contractors, architects, individuals, nonprofit developers, and others interested in the residential rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The presenter is Beth Paulson from the Center for EcoTechnology.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system incorporates high-performance and green features into residential projects to create healthier, more comfortable and more durable and resource-efficient homes. LEED certified homes require third-party oversight and technical assistance through a LEED for Homes provider such as CET, which conducts inspections and performance-testing for each home.
"CET is pleased to provide thought-provoking education for the public, home builders, and architects about the features and collaborative process of building green-certified homes," said Peggy MacLeod, green building marketing representative for the CET.
A Green Building Open House tour by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1.
No two of three dozen single-and multifamily LEED certified homes in the four counties of Western Massachusetts are alike said Paulson.
"The scoring system offers a variety of ways to earn points for green features," she said. "But the individual points selected and the techniques used by homeowners and project teams make each project really interesting and unique."
In addition to being a certified home energy rater (HERS) at CET and working with a wide variety of both LEED for Homes and Energy Star projects, Paulson teaches home-performance contractor trainings for CET and the MassGreen Initiative. She has a broad knowledge of green building principles and practice and received a master's in landscape architecture and a bachelor's in environmental design from University of Massachusetts.
Registration begins at 9, with a continental breakfast. There is a suggested donation of $10 to $20 for the presentation. Architects may receive one continuing education credit in health, safety, welfare (HSW) for the American Institute of Architects for attending the session.
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