First LEED Silver Home in Nevada Completed | Environment
Gramly Construction recently completed a 26-month remodel project of a Green Valley home that earned the first LEED Silver certification for a residential property in the state.
Working with a team that included Michael Del Gatto of Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects and Leslie Paraguirre of Colours, Inc., company president Mike Gramly facilitated the project that installed photovoltaic solar energy panels on the roof, as well as improved insulation, weatherization and ventilation. The home also now includes drought-efficient landscaping, sustainable and recycled materials, on-demand water heaters and energy-efficient thermostats.
A total of five custom homes in Nevada have achieved any level of LEED certification, and another 50 production homes are LEED-certified. Many properties are retrofitting green and sustainable design, but there is an in-depth process required for full LEED certification.
“There is a greater emphasis on quality in labor and material,” Gramly said of building a LEED-certified home. “Not only will the homes last longer, but they ultimately conserve our natural resources.”
Architects, builders and engineers now look to include sustainable measures in many commercial and industrial projects, as a need for cost savings and a desire for environmental responsibility drives interest.
Gramly did not release the exact location of the home for the privacy of its owner.