Reith Village was designed to meet the Platinum Standards by LEEDS. It hasn't been officially graded yet, but in two trial grades, it ranked platinum.
I found the presentation fascinating and it gave me some ideas for when (or if) we build at the Highlands, our tree farm. Follow the links if you are interested, but here are the highlights from the talk for me:
- A microwatershed contains all the drainage on the site, through the use of a 15,000 gallon cistern.
- The nonpotable water is pumped into the buildings to flush the toilets.
- They have an on site sewage system using a wetlands cell biofilter and a recirculating sand filter.
- The drive and parking lot are recycled concrete with grass overplanted to encourage drainage. The sidewalks are made of permeable concrete for natural drainage.
- The wind generator has a long payback period, 17 years, but it has an expected life span of 35 years.
- Local tulip poplar was used for siding and interior work
- 75% of construction debris diverted from landfills. (See the photo where they are spreading chipped-up leftover drywall on the lawn.)
- Roofline skylights open to let out heat in the summer to reduce cooling costs.