Gratz home gets LEED Silver certification

A home designed by Elizabeth Eason Architecture was just awarded LEED® for Homes Silver certification by the United States Green Building Council.

According to the USGBC, LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

The Gratz house is a two-story residence in the Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood in Knoxville, TN.


The 1,900 square foot home is designed to be an estimated 33% more energy efficient than standard homes. It uses materials like durable horizontal fiber cement siding and a brick foundation. Low VOC paints and formaldehyde-free insulation help reduce indoor air pollution and create a healthy home environment.

A tankless hot water heater adds to the energy efficiency of the home, while low flow fixtures contribute to an estimated 20% water savings.

The home uses recycled content where available, including in hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles, countertops, and Green Label certified carpeting.

The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms and ample outdoor space on the front and rear porches. The site also has a high “walkability” rating because of its proximity to grocery stores, public parks, public transit and retail shops.


The home is also Energy Star certified.

For more information on LEED® certification, click here.