SOURCE: Cascade Built

January 17, 2008 09:00 ET

The USGBC LEED® for Homes Pilot Program Awards Cascade Built One of Area's First LEED Ratings in Residential Sustainable Design

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recognizes Cascade Built's (www.cascadebuilt.com) Jackson Townhomes as one of the area's first to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification under its LEED for Homes pilot program. LEED for Homes is a USGBC green homes pilot program that evaluates the environmental features of single and multi-family homes. LEED certified homes are designed to be energy efficient, environmentally sound, resource friendly, and healthy places for its occupants.

In Seattle, there have only been two other homes certified in the LEED for Homes pilot to date. These 'eco-urban' townhomes were built by Cascade Built, a new, Seattle-based green developer. LEED will provide national consistency in defining what constitutes a green home. Rising energy and water costs concern many homeowners, and LEED certified homes are energy efficient and consume fewer resources than conventional houses.

LEED is a national brand that potential homeowners and tenants can look for -- to readily identify true green homes. LEED certified homes consume less energy, use less water, and are safe and healthy places for their families to live. All LEED Homes are third party inspected, performance tested, and certified to be higher-performing than conventional homes.

A LEED certified home includes high performance features designed to provide improved heath, safety, comfort, and lower operating costs. LEED certified homes are also more environmentally friendly, more durable, less polluting, and make substantially better use of resources. In addition, the net cost of owning a green home may be no more than the net cost of a conventional home.

Located in Seattle's Central District neighborhood, the new Cascade Built townhomes employ forward-thinking methodologies around urban infill, building footprint reduction and considerate design for the owner, community and next generation. These townhomes are the first in a series that Cascade Built plans to offer and are enclosed in a contemporary exterior that utilizes 24" on-center framing to reduce use of wood and increase insulation capacity. The townhomes also incorporate rainscreen technology to keep the building dry and eliminate mold, and are coated by non-toxic paint. Inside, owners will be delighted by incredible use of daylighting -- or window walls -- to maximize natural light, a selection of recycled, environmental, and non-toxic finishes, as well as an open and deliberate floor plan that leaves no unusable space.

Eleven local and regional organizations, called LEED for Homes Pilot Providers, have formal responsibility for rating LEED Homes during the pilot phase. Cascade Built worked with Earth Advantage and O'Brien & Company on this project to ensure the LEED for Homes standards were met. A complete list of the LEED for Homes Pilot Providers can be found on the USGBC Web site at: www.usgbc.org/leed/homes.

The pilot version of the LEED for Homes Rating System is now complete. After a public review period and a membership ballot, the final LEED for Homes Rating System was launched in late 2007.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading organization of corporations, builders, universities, Federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Greenbuild as well as the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System are projects of the USGBC. For more information on the USGBC, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED

The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary third party rating system where credits are earned for satisfying specified green building criteria. Projects are evaluated within six environmental categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. The LEED standard has been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies as the industry standard of measurement for green building.

About Cascade Built

Founded in 2006 by wireless veteran Sloan Ritchie, Cascade Built develops cool, contemporary homes for urban lifestyles. The company emphasizes respect for the environment and the community by building with minimal disturbance to nature and using sustainable building techniques that lessen waste and save resources. Located in Seattle, Cascade Built's first green townhomes are certified under the LEED® for Homes pilot program, a nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings, and offer homeowners a high-quality custom home with a healthy living environment and reduced utility bills. For information on Cascade Built or green homes in Seattle, please visit www.cascadebuilt.com.

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