May 2011 Ground Breaking

Materials and Resources

Bridgeland LEED Pilot Home


DR Horton


Cypress, TX

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson

Green Rater:

Project Goal:

Homes and apartments account for 21% of primary energy consumption in the U.S. and the built environment (residential and commercial buildings) consumes more energy than any other sector of the U.S. economy, including transportation and industry. D. R. Horton continues to demonstrate its leadership in residential development through the Bridgeland Pilot LEED Home. The focus of the pilot home is two-fold. First, to optimize interactions between building systems and explore innovations in energy-efficient building enclosures, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, appliances, and windows to use less energy, while also helping to meet national goals for sustainable development, environmental protection, and energy security. Second, D. R. Horton is looking toward the future by developing strategies to construct LEED certified homes throughout the greater Houston area.


D.R. Horton is committed to implementing strategies that balance community, environmental, and the financial needs of all stakeholders, especially future homeowners. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a home was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The Bridgeland community located in Cypress, Texas was selected for the pilot home because if offered a real opportunity to evaluate the aspects of a sustainable development that extend beyond a home’s property line. Bridgeland is known for the quality of its open spaces, but lacks access to public transportation and is not within walking distance of community resources such as a post office or pharmacy. America's Builder realizes that many things are important to a homebuyer in addition to location, understanding all the aspects of sustainable development will help dreams come true.

Contects is supporting D. R. Horton’s whole building design approach with technical consulting, energy modeling, field verification, and training.

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