A new home project in Miami Beach, Fla., 2020 Alton, has been awarded LEED Platinum status and is, to the best of public knowledge, the highest-scoring LEED home at 120/89.5 in the nation. All doors and windows in this record-setting project were manufactured by CGI Windows & Doors.

The 2020 Alton project is a joint effort of developer Matthew Lahn of the Florida Green Home Design Group and architect Ari Sklar of Sklarchitecture.

“This is a project of determination and all-time highs,” says Drew Smith, president of Two Trails Green Building Consulting, a group directly affiliated with the 2020 Alton project. “One of the goals of this project was to aim high, very high, on the LEED point checklist. Achieving LEED points is easier when product manufacturers provide a range of great products designed and manufactured to do well on energy performance tests. With this home, we wanted to take advantage of the great views; installing high-performance windows certainly helped in the overall energy tests.”

“When building a home like 2020 Alton, material selection is key,” says Lahn. “Finding windows that achieve a maximum level of impact resistance while remaining super energy efficient and airtight is no easy task.”

“We’re proud to be a contributor to this historic LEED achievement,” says Steven E. Dawson, executive vice president of sales for CGI Windows & Doors.

Additional achievements for 2020 Alton include:

  • HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index: -8 (100 is normal for new construction);
  • Home Innovation Research Labs Green Certified: National Green Building Standard EMERALD (highest level), indicating that the home saves 60 percent or more of its energy use; and
  • Named an Energy Star® Qualified Home:
    • Indoor airPLUS certified; and
    • Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Platinum certified.

All of these recognitions include the energy efficiency of doors and windows in their variables.

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