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Prototype LEED Platinum Home Unveiled In Baltimore

Prototype LEED Platinum Home Unveiled In Baltimore

Baltimore’s greenest home may surprisingly also be one of its more affordable.

In January the completed 1000th Habitat For Humanity Home in Maryland was unveiled.  What appears as an unassuming rowhome in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, is something altogether exceptional when you pass through its threshold.

1810 Laurens Street is currently on track to become the first LEED for Homes Platinum project in Baltimore City.  It is also intended to be a model for affordable housing.  The 1,000 sq ft home is outfitted with a rainwater collection system, high efficiency windows and doors, resalvaged (or reclaimed) hardwood floors, cabinets and countertop, solar roof panels and a “white” roof, tankless water heater, and recycled glass tiles… just to name a few of its sustainable features.

At the recently commenced Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council 6th Annual Awards event, the Sandtown home won both the USGBC Maryland ‘Home Award’ and ‘People’s Choice Award’.

A real team effort, this award winning example of green design is the acheivement of Ziger/Snead, Synthesis Incorporated, UnderArmour, Hamel Green Construction, Merritt Properties, Habitat For Humanity Sandtown, Elysian Energy, Straughan Environmental, USGBC MD Chapter and others.

To learn more about the home and its construction and for more pictures, visit or CLICK HERE.  Tours of the house will be offered during Baltimore Green Week (April 16th-23rd).

Images are courtesy of Jonas Risen at Ziger Snead.