What Does A Green Home Look Like?
(7/7/2010) Bruce Hawtin, longtime valley resident and local architect, has been building energy efficient structures his whole career. The newest iteration of “green” building is the LEED designation, a rigorous certification that stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a point-based certification system. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), who developed the system, LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
Even before LEED existed in the early 1990’s, Bruce and his practice designed with core principles of green building — In fact, in the 1980’s, he designed Lower Valley Energy’s current Jackson office which utilizes, among other things, passive solar benefits. The pictures are of Bruce’s current house which exemplify LEED principles: sustainable siting, solar electricity, solar water heating and geothermal heating. As a side note, Bruce received rebates from Lower Valley Energy, the State of Wyoming, and tax incentives for the technology he incorporated in his house.