Door County is becoming home to a second LEED Platinum home, and the public is invited to watch the construction process. The first LEED Platinum was built two years ago in Gills Rock by BayLakes Builders of Green Bay. The current home is under construction at 120 Alabama St. in Sturgeon Bay, by Ahnapee Construction of Algoma. Virge Temme is architect and LEED team leader on both projects.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a system developed by the United States Green Building Council to assist in the design, construction and testing of some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally sound buildings in the world. LEED has four tiers of ratings, based on points earned in eight categories including site, indoor air quality, innovative design, air quality, materials, water and energy efficiencies and education. Platinum is the highest level of accomplishment.
The public is invited to tour the home at 120 Alabama on four separate occasions during construction to learn about high-efficiency homes. The first open house will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Dec. 6, to learn about framing, plumbing and heating technologies. The second will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Dec. 20, to show the unique insulation strategies used in super-insulated homes.
Subsequent open houses will be educational sessions on finishes, site conservation, the home’s solar electric system, and the technology of Tesla charging stations for all-electric cars.
Freewill donations for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County will be accepted during these open houses.