If you're interested in building green, you'd be in good company if you moved to Denver, CO. In the past year, the city has seen almost 30 new projects rated with LEED green building certification, with two of the projects achieving LEED's Platinum status, the highest possible rating from the United States Green Building Council. Denver boasts 230 LEED-certified buildings overall. One recent residential high-rise, Spire Denver, seen here, is a nearly 500-unit building that's achieved LEED certification, making it one of the largest residential buildings granted this status.
“Colorado’s culture of sustainability and conservation are part of its DNA; individual cities like Denver clearly understand the importance of green building as a part of that culture,” Deb Kleinman, executive director of USGBC Colorado Chapter, noted in a press release. “From the largest commercial buildings to schools and universities to individual homes, Denver is embracing LEED and its comprehensive approach and process for green building.”
Keep reading to learn more about another LEED-certified home in Denver that caught my eye!This duplex in Denver's Washington Park neighborhood is a candidate for LEED-Gold certification. At just under 2000 square feet, its green features include the use of drought tolerant grasses, radiant heat, concrete that contains fly ash, solar panels, and much more. You can read more about this gorgeous, eco home in EcoHome magazine.
Since LEED-certified homes use less energy, they can save homeowners money in the long run. However, the certification is only available for new construction, so it's impossible to get your newly renovated older home certified through this program. For options for a green, renovated older home, check out Mint Condition Homes.