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It isn’t a secret that the HGTV Smart Home has amazing features and technology. But did you also know that the HGTV Smart Home built by Glenn Layton Homes in Paradise Key South Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, is also energy and water efficient, healthy, environmentally friendly, and will save money for operations and maintenance? It is all true … and certified. Glenn Layton Homes received from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC®) a certification of LEED® Gold.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. USGBC certified LEED Gold through a third-party verification process that demonstrated how the HGTV Smart Home 2013 complied with a variety of categories, which are:

  1. Sustainable Sites
  2. Water Efficiency
  3. Energy & Atmosphere
  4. Materials & Resources
  5. Indoor Air Quality
  6. Location & Linkage
  7. Awareness & Education

Some of the unique design features that are found in the HGTV Smart Home 2013 include:

High efficiency heating and cooling
High performance windows
Recycled and renewable building materials
Florida friendly landscaping that reduces the need for irrigation

HGTV Smart Home Front YardHGTV Smart Home Garage ExteriorHGTV Smart Home Sun Shade HGTV Smart Home Technology

HGTV Smart Home Rain Barrel

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Many thanks to Mary Tappouni, President of Breaking Ground Contracting, who helped compile all of the required documentation for certification, and thanks to E3 Building Sciences, who was the Green Rater and USGBC LEED for Homes Provider.

If you are interested learning more about Green Building, LEED or building a custom home in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, please contact Glenn Layton Homes today!

About the USGBC®

The U.S. Green Building Council® is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 140,000 LEED® Professionals™, USGBC® is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. USGBC is the developer of the LEED green building certification program and the convenor of the Greenbuild® International Conference & Expo.

U.S. Green Building Council®, LEED®, the LEED® Certification Mark, and related logos are registered trademarks owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and are used with permission.


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One of Glenn Layton Homes’ proudest moments was opening the doors to the HGTV Smart Home 2013! Join us as we take a look back on the most memorable spaces inside this coastal dream home.


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