News : Seacoast's First Platinum LEED Home

Sep 22, 2009

Featued in Exception Magazine Online

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, which was visited by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in June, will be one of a number of Seacoast properties on display for the upcoming New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Resources (NHSE) Green Homes Open House on Saturday, October 3rd.

While the home was the 218th nationwide to achieve such recognition, when the project began there were only 28 Platinum certified homes throughout the country. Still, Marc Batchelder knew from the get-go that he wanted his home to be a trend-setter.

“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.” says Batchelder.

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