Schnader Attorney Showcases the First Gold-Certified “Green” House in Western PennsylvaniaOn September 12, 2009 by Schnader in News
Jeff Letwin, the managing partner of Schnader’s Pittsburgh office, and his wife Roberta were the subjects of an article titled “New Home Grabs Gold Standard in ‘Green’,” published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 12.
In March, construction was completed on the Letwin’s new eco-friendly home in Pittsburgh, the first in western Pennsylvania to be labeled a gold-certified “green” house by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The idea for seeking the gold certification was proposed by the developer, Montgomery & Rust. “I didn’t even know it was an option,” admited Mr. Letwin. Seeking gold certification doesn’t fundamentally change the way a house is built or the way it looks. The most notable “green” features include high-efficiency air sealing and HVAC systems, low-VOC paint, zoned heating, instantaneous hot water heater, water-conserving fixtures and Energy Star appliances.