Sarah Boren

The tiny home is meant to serve as an example of sustainable building on a small scale.

USGBC Florida, along with key partners Eco Relics and Norsk Tiny Houses and with the help of dozens of enthusiastic volunteers, has built what it hopes will be the first LEED-certified tiny home in the United States. Dubbed "LEEDing Tiny," the 198-square-foot structure will seek to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Under the watchful eye of USGBC Florida's Northeast Region, the Jacksonville, Florida-based team's focus for this ambitious project was to inspire and educate the public about making a home healthy, high-performing, environmentally sustainable and LEED-certified. LEEDing Tiny was built primarily from reclaimed, recycled and repurposed materials, and it provided actual LEED project experience to many individuals, enabling them to learn on a real project.

A focus on unlocking a tiny home's green potential was at the forefront from the first meeting of volunteers. Green features include flooring reclaimed from a local high school gym, all WaterSense fixtures and EnergyStar appliances, a reflective roof, PV solar, a TED Pro Energy Metering system and beautiful counters made from fallen and reclaimed local wood.

The inspirational journey is not over. The final step is to give the house to a U.S. veteran, and perhaps to use it to start a tiny house community for Veterans Northeast Florida. The goal is to partner with the Green Veterans program and provide training on how to build tiny and green, with veterans helping other veterans build more houses in the community to assist with post-trauma healing.


Projects such as LEEDing Tiny don't come together without sponsors. A great many individuals volunteered their time and money. Companies that donated materials, expertise or monies (and sometimes all three) included: USGBC Florida, Eco Relics, Norsk Tiny Houses, A1A Solar Contracting, Green Built Solutions, A Comfortable Environment, All American Electrical of North Florida, Inc., Gulf Coast Supply, Advanced Insulation, Turner Plumbing, Panasonic, LP Building Products, Sherwin Williams, Figure 8 Studio, LLC, The Roof Duck Watertight Roofing Systems, E3 Building Sciences, Building It Green Consulting, Group 4 Design, Inc., Architectural Sales & Illumination, Eagle View Windows, Fresh Canopy, Rinnai, AmeriGas, Simpson Strong-Tie Company and the University of North Florida Environmental Center.

To contribute to LEEDing Tiny

Before donating LEEDing Tiny to a veteran, USGBC Florida plans to take the home on an educational tour throughout Florida, and possibly further. To make a tax-deductible donation to help show communities that the LEEDing Tiny home is affordable and replicable, contact Sarah Boren, Director of Market Transformation and Development for USGBC Florida.