Called the ‘Greenest House in Baltimore’ when it was completed, this renovated 1100 square foot row house at 1810 Laurens Street was the first house in Baltimore City to receive a LEED Platinum certification. It was also the 1000th Habitat for Humanity home built in Maryland. The renovation was a collaborative volunteer project between Under Armour, the US Green Building Council-Maryland Chapter, Synthesis and Ziger/Snead.
Working with Baltimore’s most prevalent form of housing – the row house – located in one of the city’s most economically depressed neighborhoods, this project is a model for how sustainable building can be achieved in the context of affordable housing. It incorporated renewable energy, efficient water usage techniques and high indoor air quality standards into the existing row house dimensions. Other green features included the use of recycled and salvaged materials for flooring, cabinets and tiling.
The project won both the ‘Home Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ from the US Green Building Council-Maryland Chapter in 2011.