Holliston LEED House

This is the story of a family who built the first LEED "green" house in Holliston, Massachusetts. We were trying to spend no more than it would take to build an ordinary house,and maybe even succeeded. The dust is still settling.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Building a LEED team

I was talking to Dave Kessler of Native Structures this morning about his projects, and mine, and something came up that might be useful to some of you trying to build for LEED. You can't just Google up a LEED carpentry team or a LEED plumber, etc. All of us are riding the learning curve together. That means when you start with your team, you talk about it as the job is underway, every day. How you don't go to the new lumber pile until after you go to the scrap pile to see if something there will suit. How you keep the recyclables out of the dumpster, and how you isolate Azek dust from other dust. Sooner or later, the team thinks about these things on their own, and you'll find them grousing because one of the scraps is 1/8th inch too short. Then, if there was any righteousness in the world, they'd come up under "LEED carpentry team."

I guess my point here is that a LEED team is made, not found; so get busy and make another one. There's room for more.



At March 27, 2009 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Claudia said...

Is there the opposite of a LEED house? That's what I feel like I'm working on. No radon abatement without blasting the concrete floor out.
Nor worm abatement either.

At March 27, 2009 at 7:37 PM , Blogger Wolfen said...

Yeah--My house would fail in the "envelope" regard. How many points do I lose for having 2 inch gaps in my windows and lead paint? I am recycling though...

At March 29, 2009 at 12:28 PM , Anonymous Aaron said...

This is such an interesting process.
Thanks again for sharing this!


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