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Southern Arizona Builder Plans for LEED Platinum Home

Tucson, Arizona (November 17, 2010) – Henry Design Build LLC is completing plans for the first LEED Platinum-rated home in Cochise County.  The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum level certification insures that the home will be a state-of-the-art energy saving, water saving and healthy place to live.  The home is registered with the US Green Building Council, the organization that certifies green homes, and the builder has received assistance from the Pima County Green Building Program.  Henry Design Build LLC has assembled a local team of like-minded professionals to assist in the design including: Guentzler Collins Concept Group, Mountain Oak Design, Arizona Comfort Systems, and green rater Susan Buchan. The home will be completed by August 2011.

“Building a home to LEED for Homes Platinum requirements is a huge benefit for homeowners,” said Bill Henry, Owner of Henry Design Build LLC.  “The long term ownership costs are reduced through building a durable, water wise, and energy efficient structure that is proven to be healthier to live in than the average home,” Henry said.

Henry believes that by building homes to the LEED Platinum standard, Henry Design Build LLC is on the forefront of building the future of homes today.  Bill Henry is a Certified Graduate Builder and a Certified Green Professional through the National Association of Home Builders and has been in the construction business since 1996.  Henry Design Build LLC builds in Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pima counties.

LEED stands for leadership in green homebuilding. LEED certification provides third-party assurance to homebuyers that their home complies with rigorous technical requirements for energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, non-toxic materials, and environmental performance.  Homes that are certified through LEED complete a technically rigorous verification process that includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections.  Lower insurance rates, advantageous financing, and government incentives may be available for LEED-certified homes.

Currently there are 19 homes LEED certified in southern Arizona and none are at the Platinum level.  For more information about LEED for Homes visit www.pimaXpress.com.  More information regarding Henry Design Build LLC can be obtained by calling 520.266.2276 or through email at bill@henrydesignbuild.com.

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About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The USGBC is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations.  For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED® for Homes

LEED® for Homes is a third-party certification system for high-performance green homes.  Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in seven categories of environmental performance: Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Homeowner Awareness, and Innovation and Design.  For more information, visit www.thegreenhomeguide.org.