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Townsend builder noted for ‘green’ construction efforts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognized Transformations Inc., of Townsend, as a participant in the LEED for Homes pilot.

Many builders, including affordable housing developers, have registered projects in the LEED for Homes pilot. These builders will provide invaluable market insight into the residential green building process through their participation.

Each new home built by Transformations Inc. in the Coppersmith Way Development has a solar electric (photovoltaic or PV for short) system that provides half to all of the home’s electrical needs. By working with LEED and incorporating their standards into the Coppersmith Way project, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) helped offset Transformations increased costs for these PV systems.

LEED certification focused Transformations efforts on several environmental aspects in the building process that were new to them. One breakthrough was in waste reduction. Through Waste Management, they’ve been able to recycle most of their waste, including cardboard, sheetrock and wood.

The LEED process also awards points for water conservation. By installing “dual flush” toilets, (which have full-flush and half-flush options), low-flow shower heads and aerators on sink faucets, a substantial amount of water is saved.

Also among the LEED requirements that all homes must meet is radon prevention. They’ve extended the radon pipe through the roof for passive ventilation rather than capping it above the basement slab. They’ve also added transfer grills to rooms that were able to be closed off with doors so that every room had an adequate return air flow at all times.

LEED for Homes is a voluntary initiative designed to promote sustainable home building practices. The strength of the LEED for Homes program will be third-party verification that will include both on-site inspections and performance testing.

Transformations Inc. is working with the Conservation Services Group to ensure the LEED for Homes standards are met. To date, 11 homes in the Coppersmith Way development in have been LEED certified.

R. Carter Scott, president of Transformations Inc. can be reached by phone at (978) 597-0542, or by e-mail to RCarterScott@msn.com. The company Web site is www.Tranformations-Inc.us.

The USGBC is a nonprofit, consensus-based organization working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. For more information on LEED and the U.S. Green Building Council, visit www.usgbc.org.

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