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.

Gratz exterior

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.

Gratz kitchen

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.

Gratz bathroom

The home is also Energy Star certified.

For more information on LEED® certification, click here.