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LEED® for Homes

“Green building has its own inherent architecture, reflecting the earth itself. It is the synthesis of natural elements and good design." -Mark L. Hixson

In December 2007, Earthcraft (formerly Mark L. Hixson, Design-Build) completed a custom high-performance green-built home in the Boise foothills*. The project was certified Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® for Homes program in April 2008. Mark L. (Ron) Hixson, who has been building custom homes in the Treasure Valley for 30 years, believes that green building is more than just a trend.  “Green building has its own inherent architecture, reflecting the earth itself. It is the synthesis of natural elements and good design." And, with Southwestern Idaho homeowners facing rising energy and water costs, green building technologies minimize the impact and help keep home ownership affordable.     

LEED stands for ‘leadership in energy and environmental design’. LEED certification provides third-party assurance to homebuyers that their home complies with rigorous technical requirements for energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, non-toxic materials, and environmental performance.  Homes that are certified through LEED complete a verification process that includes home energy ratings and onsite inspections.  Lower insurance rates, advantageous financing, and government incentives may be available for LEED-certified homes.

For more information on building a green home, we welcome your call; and be sure to visit the USGBC's Green Home Guide.

* This home was used as a case study in the
Guide To Green Building Rating Systems
by architect Linda Reeder
(John Wiley & Sons, 2010)

Guide to Green Building Rating Systems

Rainwater Harvesting Supplies Irrigation Needs

Drought-Tolerant & Indigenous Landscaping

Used Concrete (bound for the local landfill) Recycled for Masonry
& Retaining Walls

High Efficiency (95%) Furnace w/MERV 16 Filter 15-SEER Air Conditioner

Energy Star® Approved Appliance and Lighting Package

Low VOC Finishes, Green-Label PLUS Carpet & FSC-Certified or Locally Harvested Lumber

Custom LEED "Gold" Home
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Earthcraft Construction, Inc. is a custom residential design-build firm, serving Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Mark Hixson, president of Earthcraft, designs homes specifically to his clients needs, budget and lifestyle. As a Treasure Valley residential designer and custom builder he has extensive knowledge and experience and can be trusted to provide superior service. Earthcraft is a Green Builder, Energy Star® Contractor and, under Mark Hixson's experienced leadership, was awarded a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® for Homes Pilot Program. Each client is provided a detailed Specification Manual before any home construction initiates so that the client knows what materials, workmanship and products the home will contain. Trust Earthcraft of Boise for energy-efficient custom homes, home additions, and whole-home makeovers. Contact them today for custom home design and quality construction, and discover what their expertise can do for you. Earthcraft Construction, Inc. - Cleaner, Greener Homes!