Las Vegas Homes with a Green Building Certification
Going "green" isn't just for hard-core environmentalists anymore. In fact, it has practically become mainstream - especially here in Las Vegas. For over a decade, Las Vegas has been the site of choice for new building techniques that utilize technology to harness natural resources to generate and conserve electricity. Solar panels, smart homes, and water conservation techniques allow residential and commercial developers to hone their craft in an environmentally friendly manner.
The U.S. Green Building Council began in 1993 with the vision of three men to improve sustainability in the construction industry. In March of 2000, the USGBC defined and published its LEED certification program. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is now the industry standard for ecologically conscious development.
MGM City Center led the way for LEED certified projects in Nevada. The retail area uses skylights to make use of the abundant natural light and even generates its power through an 8.5-megawatt natural gas co-generation plant. The center also encourages visitors to use alternative-fuel transportation by giving carpools, and alternative-fuel vehicles preferential parking. Casinos in the center have followed suit in ways like placing air conditioning units at the base of slot machines to cool guests.
Homes in Las Vegas with Green Building Certification
National Association of Home Builders, a USGBC partner, promotes "green" or sustainable building through the use of materials and techniques that attempt to minimize the environmental impact of a home or remodeling project. Recycling construction materials, sourcing from sustainable forests, and employing water-conserving technology are ways the NAHB helps educate and encourage its members to go green.
The New American Home (NAHB showcase home) of 2004, built by Merlin Contracting was one of the first nationally recognized, environmentally friendly luxury homes. The Lakes at West Sahara in Las Vegas is the site of this demonstration of ecological progress. The combination of steel beams and concrete forms supply the framework for the home. Concrete also provides a substantial foundation for the flooring and exterior of the home.
Marquis, a custom home community on Tomiyasu Lane in Las Vegas, consists entirely of "green" homes. In 2009, The New American Home Showcase returned to Las Vegas to highlight the first residence in this progressive community. For this round, solar panels produced electricity for the home, and Microsoft partnered with Blue Heron Builders to incorporate "smart technology" control panels.
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Energy control consoles now monitor how much energy a home is using throughout the day. Programmable control centers allow the homeowner to direct and conserve electricity throughout the home. Thermostats, lighting, even appliances can be adjusted for energy savings throughout the day, saving money and helping to reduce the home's carbon footprint.
Villa Trieste in Summerlin, Nevada is an entire community dedicated to green building techniques. Developed in 2008 by Pulte Homes, Villa Trieste's home sites offer real-time energy tracking meters and roof-integrated solar power system as standard features. Villa Trieste is the largest community in the U.S. to build to LEED platinum standard.
These are just a few examples of how Las Vegas goes green. Start your search for homes in Las Vegas with green building certification today!
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