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Open House and Award Ceremony at Cypress Villages

Smistik_homeOn Monday, June 21, Iowa’s first LEED™ Platinum-certified home will be awarded a certification plaque by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Located at 33 Pecan Street in Cypress Villages, Robert Smistik's new home was over a year in the making.  Constructed entirely by local contractors, the two bedroom home had to meet a rigorous checklist of requirements to attain LEED™ Platinum certification.

“The residential sector contributes greatly to climate change and is responsible for 21% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions,” said Nate Kredich, Vice President, Residential Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “Green homes like 33 Pecan Street are an immediate and measurable way individuals can make a difference for the environment, and this project will serve as an example to the community of the benefits of building green.”

LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized, point-based green building certification system developed by the USGBC. LEED™ measures how well a green home performs in the following categories: energy savings, water efficiency, C02 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources, and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED™ Platinum is the highest designation of all.

The home marks the first of many future LEED™-certified buildings planned at Cypress Villages,  a 144-acre eco-neighborhood being built north of Fairfield.  “Every building and home at Cypress Villages will be built according LEED™ Silver or Platinum,” says Martha Norbeck, the community's Project Designer and Sustainability Specialist. “Our goals are to live as a model of sustainability for ourselves and others, and to celebrate and protect the valuable natural resources of our planet.”

The entire community is invited to attend the open house and award ceremony that will take place at 2pm on June 21st at the Smistik home. Developer Dan Walker and designer Martha Norbeck will speak on the challenges and rewards of building green as well as Iowa’s sustainable future. State and local leaders will be present for the ceremony and refreshments will be provided. 33 Pecan St is located off of 177th St. North Highway 1 in Fairfield.