Leed Certification
Innovation and Design

Eaton Street Townhomes


Joe Koizen/Green Train Development


San Antonio, TX

LEED Consultant:

Chip Henderson

Project Goal:

Our goal was to design a project that achieved platinum designation under the LEED for Homes program, while constructing two connected town homes that would have enough differentiation to sell quickly in a very difficult local housing market. In order to sell in a tough market, we needed to strike the perfect balance between environmental objectives, aesthetic requirements and final sales price. Our town home project was located in an upscale neighborhood in an older and well-established part of the city. We felt that the “green” features, combined with a platinum certification, would be strong selling points. However, we knew that the environmental objectives could not come at the expense of the design aesthetic and budget. Our research showed that buyers in this market sought high-end finishes, but wanted a style that blended into the traditional trends of the neighborhood. Our client wanted a state-of-the-art LEED platinum two-unit town home, while capturing the feel and warmth of a 100-year-old bungalow across the street. In a tough market, we also knew the final sales price could not exceed the price of similar properties in the area. Balancing the environmental goals, aesthetic considerations and budget would be the biggest challenge for our project team.


Our approach to meeting this challenge and achieving our goals was to bring in all of the team members together early in the design stage in order to allow input from everyone. Each team member evaluated the impact that every building system, building material and design decision had on the overall project goals. The builder evaluated decisions from the standpoint of product availability, efficiency and pricing. Our architectural team evaluated how decisions impacted design aesthetic and function. Our LEED consultants reviewed overall strategies and evaluated how decisions impacted energy models, the sought after LEED designation and how to appropriately enlist LEED program guidelines. As a team, we evaluated literally hundreds of concepts. As we reviewed and weighed each idea, the best course of action became evident and we pursued it. In the end, a team approach proved essential to achieve all goals and produce the best product. The final design is truly an example of collaboration and best practices put into motion.

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