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Building a LEED® home

​Building a LEED® home

For Matt Johnston and Grace Pontes, it’s both the journey and the destination that count as they embark on building their dream home, Glasswing. They’ve chosen to go beyond conventional building standards by challenging themselves to build the first LEED® residential home in Kelowna.

Although it will be architecturally beautiful, Glasswing will also be a stellar example of sustainable building and energy conservation. For those that follow along their journey, it will demonstrate the type of new home that’s possible and attainable as builders, designers, architects and owners take the lead in creating energy conscious, sustainable homes.

Follow Matt and Grace on their journey and discover firsthand the challenges, decisions and possible solutions faced as a builder/architect leads the way to new ways of thinking about sustainable, energy saving building practices.

About the Glasswing project

The husband and wife team behind Architecturally Distinct Solutions, an established architectural firm in Kelowna, are well suited for the challenge of building the Okanagan’s Kelowna's first LEED® Certified home.

​Meeting LEED® requires fresh thinking

Find out how innovative technologies, like heat and water recovery, are helping Matt and Grace meet the criteria for a LEED® Gold rating.

​Sourcing energy conscious materials

Glasswing is taking shape with ENERGY STAR® rated Low-E windows in place. Other energy conscious innovations are reflective roof and solar panels.

​Waiting has its rewards

Key to achieving Gold LEED® status is ensuring the home is as airtight as possible; a blower door test will see if their efforts have paid off.

About LEED®

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. It provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in areas such as energy use and stewardship of resources. In Canada, LEED® certification is administered by the Canadian Green Building Council.