“Triple crown” in green building is made official as Karuna House earns LEED for Homes Platinum certification

New home now certified PHIUS+ Passive House, Minergie-P-ECO, and LEED for Homes Platinum.

It’s official!  Karuna House is the first green building in the world to earn Passive House (PHIUS+), Minergie-P-ECO, and LEED for Homes Platinum certifications.

New home, Karuna House, designed by Holst Architecture and built by home builder Hammer & Hand
Photo by Jeremy Bittermann Photography

Holst Architecture and Hammer & Hand learned last week from the project’s LEED consultant, Earth Advantage Institute, that Karuna House earned a whopping 101.5 points in the LEED scoring system, easily surpassing the 80 point threshold required for Platinum certification.

The news means that the project team achieved its goal: to tackle three of the world’s most demanding green building certifications in one project, all while building a great house.  The project became a case study of green building certifications and technique.  To read more about our lessons learned, see this Field Notes post.

Congratulations to everyone involved.   PHIUS+ Passive House, Minergie-P-ECO (first US project to be certified), LEED for Homes Platinum, and a beautiful house to boot…no small feat!

– Zack (Connect with me at +ZacharySemke)

UPDATE: EarthTechling picked up the story, read here.

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