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When Christopher J. R. Laycock was approached to build a custom home under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) pilot program, it wasn’t just a welcome opportunity; it was a perfect fit with his accumulated skill set. Some of the features of this homeinclude AARX ICF (insulated concrete forms), a geothermal HVAC system with continuous fresh air exchange, low-emitting Marvin windows, high-performance spray foam insulation, low VOC (volatile organic compound) emitting adhesives and finishes, and water-saving plumbing fixtures such as low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selections, and indoor environmental quality. It also rewards innovation in building design.  According to Laycock, “These homes are the Ferraris of the home-building business.  You need to give infrastructure and systems the same level of detailed finish that you apply to the highest quality millwork.”  “The result is an extremely efficient, durable, healthy living environment; it feels good to add these homes into the inventory”, says Laycock, “this type of building truly adds value to any community through collective energy savings, and increases the long-term value of a LEED-rated home.”