I am working on the possible LEED Certification for a master planned community with around 8,000 units. Would it be possible to prototype certain model homes, have them certified, and then ensure that all of the houses that match that house in spec are also LEED Certified to the same level?
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David PosadaIntegrated Design & LEED Specialist
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November 20, 2012 - 3:10 pm
One problem you'll face is the air sealing/ blower-door testing and other on-site verification that has to be done for a significant portion of the homes (Usually it's 1 of every 5 units).
Another challenge might be some of the site credits, since distance to transit & services might vary, and the landscaping (% of turf, type of irrigation system, water use reduction) may vary from house to house.
You could contact the LEED - H provider for that area and see how they would handle this situation. I imagine the fee structure might be similar to a multifamily apartment project where units plans are repeated, but on-site verification gets done for the whole project by randomly sampling units. You might need multiple phases of certification, an initial one for the model homes and later ones for the build-out.