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Making the White House Green

By Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows October 1, 2009

LEED is taking the best-known house in the nation by storm! Inhabitat tells us that the White House is working on getting LEED certification.

So what’s LEED? It’s a program from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to their Web site, “LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.”

the_white_houseMany types of buildings can achieve LEED certification including residential new construction, residential remodeling, commercial new construction and commercial remodeling.

Obviously, the White House has special meaning to our nation and lots of history in it, and any remodeling and renovation will need to take that into account. But the White House believes it can be done. Interestingly enough, Inhabitat mentions that this is not the first effort to green the White House, although it may be the largest: President Carter and Clinton attempted to improve White House energy usage and President George W. Bush had a photovoltaic system and two solar water heaters installed.

We at MLuxe will look forward to seeing what must be done in order to make the White House LEED-certified.

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov