Leed Certification
Sustainable Sites

Li Residence


George Li


Houston, TX

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson

Project Goal:

The residence at 310 Glenwood marks an excellent opportunity to combine style and stewardship in a well-known Houston subdivision that is enjoying revitalization. The owners lived in the original home for several years with the intention of building their dream home at the same location, but a different, separate structure. The family wanted to build a larger home that was sustainable and efficient, yet still meet the design and aesthetics of the attractive, new construction in their neighborhood. The client works in a LEED certified building and knows first-hand the attributes of the program and how obtaining LEED certification would help meet his family's sustainability goals.


The first step was to identity features that were important to the homeowners for everyday activities, lifestyle and the focus of the family. After outlining concepts that were important to the family, the homeowners met with Contects and the design and building teams to review requirements of obtaining LEED certification. Then they met with John Sullivan of Sullivan, Stevens, Henry, Oggero and Associates and Jason Hawthorne of SSH Homes, Inc. to review their expectations related a LEED project. John Sullivan was able to use his rare capability of translating the clients’ ideas to a sketch and eventually a lay out of the home, while home builder Jason Hawthorne was able to provide input on how their wants and needs would affect the overall budget and timeline for the project.

Once the plans were complete, Polly Ledvina from Contects guided the team through the LEED checklist to identify areas where LEED points could be earned.

Teardown of the original home was conducted first. All of the concrete was recycled, and the flooring from the first level of the original structure was re-used in the new home; additional wood flooring is recycled. The home has radiant-barrier roof decking, low flow plumbing, tankless water heaters and an energy-recover venilator system. The HVAC contractor reduced the quantity of systems from four to two by using 2-stage 16 SEER systems in the new home. West-facing windows are Low E 366 and the insulation is a combination of batt and icynene.

Local materials were used for framing, roof tiles, paving and interior cabinets and trim and low and no VOC paints were used throughout the home. A major portion of the roof is oriented south and has provisions for future solar panels and the house has provisions for a generator (important to Houstonians after Hurricane Ike). Lastly, landscaping consists of over 90% native or drought-tolerant plants.

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