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Associate Project Manager for Architecture, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, ID+C, ND, HOMES | WELL AP | CDT | Green Classroom Professional, New York City Housing Authority
I think LEED for Homes is a really good idea, but I believe there's more potential for this rating system to expand into more residential specialties. For instance, at the New York City Housing Authority, we often renovate 500 or even 1,000 kitchens at a time within a development of 10 or 20 buildings - a good number of them being more than 8 stories. We are trying to utilize more sustainable materials, finishes and products - in fact, it's an official initiative of ours. However, there is really no opportunity for LEED certification under the current LEED Homes rating system. Perhaps USGBC can look at various options for renovating specific aspects of a high-volume residential plan that may not be a total gut-rehab within existing construction. We also serve a low to moderate income (at best) population, and with often limited funding, we have to pick and choose what to spend money on. Having 1,000 LEED-certified kitchens or bathrooms would be great. We also often renovate building entrances (often 20 at a time) and now we must conform to the NYC energy code. I wish we could take it a step further and have these LEED-certified as well. Going over 8 stories would be beneficial in a city like New York, where many residential buildings are much taller - in both high and low income brackets. Thank you.
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Jeffrey, Thanks for taking the time to comment. One of my colleagues is planning to reach out to you offline - if they haven't already - to discuss more. Best, MRS

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