We’ve previously mentioned the weird irony of the sustainable design of the George W Bush house in Crawford, compared to Al Gore’s giant mansion in Tennessee.
But Treehugger.com and ENN.com report that Gore is almost finished with renovations that will make his house in Nashville a true green home. He is going for LEED certification, which is a recognized US standard for green building in the United States. (We’re working on a LEED renovation ourselves!)
Evidently, zoning issues in his neighborhood were preventing him from going solar sooner.
Here’s the Associated Press interview about his renovation.
Earlier this year, a conservative group criticized Gore, citing electric bills that were far more than the typical Nashville home. Utility records showed the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square-foot home.
Gore’s renovation project, which he said has been in the works for months, seeks to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Once his upscale neighborhood changed zoning laws earlier this year, Gore was able to place solar panels on his roof, and he’s now preparing to install a geothermal system that will, among other things, drastically reduce the cost of heating his pool.
Gore is also upgrading windows and ductwork, installing more energy-efficient light bulbs and creating a rainwater collection system for irrigation and water management.
Congratulations on the new renovation. I’m glad to hear there is an explanation of why Gore’s house wasn’t greener in the first place.