First Vail Valley Home earns LEED Certification
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” A custom home in Cordillera Valley Club earned the Vail Valley’s fist LEED-Gold certification, a tough building standard of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program.
Frank Navarro and his fiancee, Allison Wear, of Navarro Lowrey Properties, were interested in the benefits of LEED certification for their new home so they hired a team of local experts to build them one of the greenest homes in Colorado, they said.
The home is projected to use 62 percent less energy than a typical code-built home, and joins a short list of Colorado homes to earn LEED certification, and an even shorter list to reach the prestigious gold level. The LEED for Homes program uses a sliding point scale, requiring larger homes to earn more points.
Tab Bonidy, of Avon’s TAB Associates, designed the home and organized a team to look at energy efficiency and durability. Ted Leach and Vail Custom Builders, of Edwards, were chosen as the builders, while Active Energies, a Minturn-based energy consulting company, guided the project team through the LEED certification process. Jan Chenault of Chenault and Associates, took care of the interior design, and Ric Fields, of Fieldscape, did the landscape designs.
The home has also earned more points on Eagle County’s EcoBuild green building program than any other home built under the standard, said Adam Palmer, Eagle County’s EcoBuild specialist.