The U.S. Green Building Council Awards Local Edwards Home LEED Silver Certification for Green Homebuilding

December 2011 – Edwards, Colorado. Lot 8, in the Heritage Park sub-division located in Edwards, Colorado was awarded LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding. LEED for Homes is a national third-party certification system for energy efficient, healthy, green homes. LEED-certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

“I wanted to thank you once again for your help in achieving LEED certification for my home. Also wanted you to know how much Beth and I truly enjoy this home – we’re not sure we’ll move again!”

~ Jim Guida, Guida Construction

Lot 8, Heritage Park is one of several local homes that have been certified using LEED in the Vail Valley. The home was designed by Darby Architects, p.c., which is locally known for contemporary mountain architecture with a focus on sustainability. Green homes offer healthier living environments, consume less energy, and have less impact on the environment with renewable resources. Guida Construction was the general contractor for the project, as well as developer for Eagle County’s first sustainable neighborhood (Heritage Park) including 23 homes on a 12 acre site. All homes are in compliance with Energy Star and Colorado Green build guidelines. Other consultants necessary to achieve the certification of LEED Silver include Active Energies (Energy Consultant,) Sherry Dorward, Landscape Architect, Rader Engineering (Mechanical engineering), and KRM Consultants (Structural engineering.) The original intent for the design was to comply with local ratings but not achieve a LEED certification. While under construction, Jim Guida put his best foot forward and decided to “walk the walk” and achieve LEED Silver. Jim now lives in this home.


  • Within walking distance of public transportation, shops, and other conveniences.
  • Focused heavily on reducing energy use.
  • Four-bedroom project featuring a small footprint, low-e windows, a super insulated building envelope (roof, walls and floors,) a high efficiency mechanical system, air to air exchangers, solar domestic hot water, compact fluorescent light fixtures, low VOC finishes, and FSC certified wood content.[

Many details help qualify homes for LEED certification, including:

  • Emphasis on integrated project planning
  • Innovative design
  • Site access to transit and open space
  • Erosion control during construction
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping
  • Water efficiency
  • Environmentally friendly materials
  • Air quality control mechanisms
  • Energy-efficient lighting, HVAC, windows and appliances

VAIL HOME Magazine, Fall 2008 “Mountain Contemporaneous” Buffehr Creek home featured as contemporary design in Vail, Colorado. Project designed and completed while employed by CGY Architects.

MOUNTAIN House & Home, Spring 2009 “Aligned Design” New directions in mountain architecture features passive solar design in Cordillera Valley Club.

ASPEN Magazine, March 2015 “LAND TRUST” An Edwards home honors a family’s property while embracing key elements of sustainable living.

VAIL BEAVER CREEK Magazine, Summer/Fall 2015 “Forward Looking” A Lake Creek couple retires to an earth-friendly retreat that harvests energy from water and sun.

“There is no better communicator and mediator than Ann Darby. I cannot recommend her highly enough. We had an unusual vision for this house and she was able to turn our vision into a reality, only better than what we had envisioned. I guarantee you will not regret hiring this excellent firm.”
Susan Miller, Client
“Ann was wonderful to work with. She was a good communicator and she paid great attention to detail. We pulled together a difficult project resulting in an outstanding home and satisfied client.”
Brad Foster, Project Manager Shaefer Construction
“As an interior designer, I worked directly with Ann and our clients on two homes in Colorado. Ann is very detail oriented and looks to please her clients. She brings interesting concepts to the project and is a good facilitator of all the work to be accomplished.”
Gary Finley, Interior Designer
“The house evolved as we created what worked best on the lot, and we got more excited about doing what was more sustainable. It was an evolution. For instance, I wanted overhangs because we get hammered by the weather, but Ann took it further by creating a passive solar design where the direct sun was shaded in the summer and allowed in to warm the house in the winter.”
Bart Barnett, Owner
“I wanted to thank you once again for your help in achieving LEED certification for my home. Also wanted you to know how much Beth and I truly enjoy this home – we’re not sure we’ll move again!”
Jim Guida, Guida Construction


LinkedInAnn serves her community by offering an objective critique of proposed construction in the Mountain Star neighborhood, and is a board member of the Berry Creek Metro District in the Vail Valley. She contributes time to local non-profit organizations, through which she shares her compassion for children and love of the great outdoors.