One of the three houses in the San Francisco Bay Area that is current pursuing LEED for Homes Platinum certification is the Christensen Pierret Family house, located at 2180 Bryant Street in Palo Alto.
From our research, we believe there are five single family homes in the SF Bay Area that are at the LEED for Homes Platinum level. Two of these houses have been completed and are certified Platinum, and three are in planning or in the construction phase.
Pursuing Platinum Certification
- Christensen Pierret Family House, Palo Alto
- Paul Holland/Linda Yates Residence, Portola Valley
- Mekechuk/Sinclair Residence, Monte Sereno
Yesterday, when Bryan met with Steve Jackel, they discussed homes pursuing Platinum certification and Steve mentioned that he had just been to 2180 Bryant Street in Palo Alto. Steve said that he could introduce Bryan to the general contractor, Paul Moffat (Pete Moffat Construction, Inc.), and his on-site superintendent, Jim Clark.
That happened quickly and Bryan was on site today before 2:00 pm.
In the LEED for Homes Project Checklist, there are eight credit categories, one of which is Awareness & Education. Across the eight categories, there are 136 points available that, depending on the number earned, will determine the certification level. There are three points available in the Awareness & Education category, one of which is for Public Awareness.
Public Awareness includes holding public open houses, publishing a web site, generating newspaper articles, and displaying LEED for Homes signage.
Generally speaking, anyone pursuing LEED Platinum certification will be receptive to showing their home to others. We hosted our first public open house on January 31, 2009.
Touring 2180 Bryant Street
Bryan was able to review the construction underway at 2180 Bryant Street and was totally impressed with everything that was planned and being built there. The photos below show key features of this house that we found especially interesting.
We had not seen a graywater reuse system before, and how that plumbing system was connected to the cistern. This house has a complete graywater reuse system, collecting water from multiple sources and storing it in two cisterns.
Of particular relevance to our design, was the collection of vent pipes to remove them from view. This is a critical detail for our ‘less is more’ design where we want to minimize elements from view, in our house and on our roof. Vent pipes from the plumbing system must exhaust on the roof, so collecting those vent pipes is important in eliminating the number of vent pipes penetrating the roof.