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USGBC Awards Local Ballanytne LEED® Platinum Certification
July 2, 2014 – (Charlotte, NC) The home at 10919 Robinson Rock Court was awarded LEED Platinum certification by USGBC for achievement in green homebuilding and design. LEED for Homes is a green home certification program that rewards homes that are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and more healthy and durable for the occupants. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that often includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.
10919 Robinson Rock Court is one of the very first local homes that have been given the LEED Platinum Certification. The home was built by Arcadia Custom Homes & Renovations, who has been known for their expertise in building Custom Luxury Homes for over 20 years in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Green homes may have substantially lower utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower insurance rates and government incentives. Through their commitment to green homebuilding, Arcadia Custom Homes & Renovations is helping to keep homeownership affordable.
“As a LEED-certified home, 10919 Robinson Rock Court serves as a model of greener living for the entire community,” said Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development for the USGBC. “The home sets the example that we can all live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting our utility bills, and coming home to a greener place to live.”
Located in Ballantyne Country Club, 10919 Robinson Rock Court is conveniently located in proximity to restaurants, shopping, and other everyday conveniences. The four bedroom project features over 4,500 square feet of heated living space and focuses heavily on reducing energy use. The home features open cell spray foam insulation in combination with radiant barrier roof sheathing. Other energy efficiency upgrades include a Hybrid High Efficiency water heater, High efficiency 18 Seer HVAC units with Home Automation controlled thermostats, as well as mechanical ventilation.
As a result of incorporating these and many other energy saving products and technologies, 10919 Robinson Rock Court achieved the necessary Home Energy Rating System score to be deemed “ENERGY STAR” qualified and to be awarded LEED Platinum certification by USGBC.
Arcadia Homes is one of the premier home builders in Charlotte, specializing in high-end, custom, luxury homes in the entire metro area. Arcadia builds the finest homes using only the highest-quality materials, the most efficient techniques and the most talented craftsmen available.
To learn more about Arcadia Homes, visit www.arcadiahomesinc.com
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, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 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 USGBC commitment to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.
About LEED for Homes
LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for building and designing high-performance green homes that are energy-and-resource-efficient and healthy for its occupants. Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes 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. To date, more than 18,000 units have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 75,000 have registered and are in process. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/homes.
 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR (2007). Residential Home Improvement: An Overview of Energy Use and Energy Efficient Opportunities (August 2007).