New England Leed Platinum Home


Lakeside LEED home -New England

Lakeside LEED home -New England



LEED Platinum Project Summary:


An existing beach front property on Lake Winnipesaukee was purchased by an artist. Three existing buildings and the landscape were completely redone, the owner giving top priority to healthy building materials and careful management of the precious natural site. The LEED Platinum home rating was achieved. Many unique local restrictions for protecting the lake were in harmony with the LEED for Homes Rating System.


LEED Platinum Process:


HBS was engaged very early in the design process and LEED helped provide a framework for developing the many facets of sustainable design. HBS helped identify the owner goals for sustainability and develop an action list for the rest of the design and build team. The project was fortunate to have the builder onboard early in design, so decisions impacting cost and overall feasibility were made quickly.


In addition to LEED-H and low EMF design consulting, HBS dove into healthy materials on this project. Special wiring was selected without PVC jacketing, solid wood was used for the roof deck and sub-floor in order to avoid formaldehyde, and no materials with halogenated flame retardants were used. Aerogeland dense-pack-cellulose insulation was utilized creating a unique foam-free 21st-century building in New Hampshire.

Architect's Rendering - New England

Architect’s Rendering – New England


Results or Project Highlights:


  • LEED Platinum
  • Free of formaldehyde, PVC, and Halogenated flame retardants
  • Healthy, natural stains and finishes
  • Fully wired with cat-6 to minimize need for WiFi
  • Low EMF wiring methods to reduce magnetic fields
  • Solar electric array
  • Native, non-invasive, hypoallergenic, and non-poisonous plants
  • Whole-house water filtration


Project Team:


Healthy Materials, Building Science, Low-EMF, and LEED Consultant: Healthy Building Science

Interior Design: Sherry Williamson Design, Inc. 

Architect: Olson Kundig Architects

MEP Engineer: WSP Flack & Kurtz

Builder: Woodmeister

LEED Rater: Jordan Institute