University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service graduate Ann Owen’s (’14) LEED-certified residence in Little Rock was named Outstanding Single-Family Project at the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Home Awards.
Owen’s energy-efficient home was recently featured in At Home in Arkansas.
The LEED Home Awards celebrate residential projects, developers, and builders using LEED to improve quality of life for residents, reduce a building’s impact on the environment, and create healthier and more resilient communities. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. Recipients represent multi-family, single-family, and affordable housing projects and companies that participated in LEED in 2018.
“LEED is known for setting the highest standards for the sustainability and performance of buildings, and it plays an even more important role when it’s applied to our personal spaces – our homes,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC. “We are seeing more and more homeowners and builders make the important decision to pursue LEED, and USGBC is committed to continue building on the success of the residential market.”
Built by River Rock Builders, the Owen Residence is a dream project for owners Ann and Rick Owen who wanted to build the healthiest and most sustainable home possible. In March 2018, their home achieved LEED Platinum with sustainability features like 42 PV solar panels that provide all the energy needed to power the 2662-square-foot home, as well as two vehicles, greatly reducing their carbon footprint.
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