News : Powerhouse of a home: Platinum-certified house takes 'green' building to new level

Sep 22, 2009

From Foster's Daily Democrat

September 21

by Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH – When Marc and Cheryl Batchelder decided to build a home that was as energy-efficient as possible, they didn't just go for the gold – they went for the platinum.

In late July the Batchelder home, located on Lawrence Street in Portsmouth, was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the organization's highest mark. The home will be one of a number of Seacoast properties on display for the upcoming New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Resources Green Homes Open House on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The home is the 218th nationwide to achieve such recognition.

Marc Batchelder knew from the get-go that he wanted his home to be a trendsetter. "We weren't really considering LEED when the project began, but we knew we wanted the home to be as green and efficient as possible," said Batchelder, a civil engineer...

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