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EcoBuilders’ Extreme Makeover House Earns Platinum LEED Certification

A house built in part by the EcoBuilders for ABC TV’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in New Orleans has received Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, making it one of only ten homes in the United States to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest honor.

Among many other green features, the Extreme Makeover house includes HVAC efficiency, foam insulation, energy recovery ventilator, native landscaping, solar hot water, sealed crawl space, panelized walls, low VOC paints and finishes and efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures. Additionally, three families will live in the house, living in spaces that are "adequate but not very big," according to Rob Moody, EcoBuilders’ owner.

The EcoBuilders were responsible for oversight of the home’s green features, coordinated installation of electrical, plumbing and HVAC and supervised paints and finishes.

“We consistently build silver and gold NC Healthy Built homes, but this one was different,” Moody said. “Building a home for three New Orleans families displaced by Katrina was a labor of love for everyone who worked to make it a reality, and the Platinum LEED certification was just icing on the cake.”

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live.

The EcoBuilders’ home will be showcased on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on Sunday, May 18. The EcoBuilders is an Asheville, North Carolina green builder. The company emphasizes new infill residential construction, and is committed to customer service, quality construction, and the environment. The EcoBuilders build affordable, aesthetically pleasing, efficient homes for our clients with honesty, integrity, and punctuality. For more information on the EcoBuilders, visit

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is in its 5th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

(Images provided by EcoBuilders.)

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