A 100-year-old restored home in Venice has received a national award for its sustainability achievements from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The green building organization presented its 2012 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Awards Nov. 15, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated leadership in the residential green building marketplace.
Awards were given in categories such as multi- and single-family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers.
Winning this year’s Outstanding Single Family Project award was a Venice home known as the “Brooks Residence,” designed by architect and homeowner Isabelle Duvivier. The 1,700 square foot residence has earned LEED Platinum status for its green building features.
Duvivier purchased the century-old home in an effort to restore it and improve its water, energy and material efficiency, according to the green building council.
The remodeled home was designed to restore habitats for birds, bees and butterflies and create educational opportunities for the local community, according to the council.
“This year’s leadership recipients represent a dynamic field showcasing the range of residential developments that certify under USGBC’s LEED for Homes program each year,” said Nate Kredich, vice president of residential market development for the green building council.
“The fact that our project of the year is an affordable housing development that achieved LEED Platinum certification is a shining example of how diversified the LEED for Homes portfolio has become.”

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