Al Gore Residence

Following the release of An Inconvenient Truth in 2006, Al Gore took on the formidable challenge of retrofitting his Nashville home for LEED certification.


Taking on an existing structure is a particular challenge, especially a large home designed in the 1920s when energy efficiency was not a concern. Wilmot Inc. put together a team to look at every aspect of the home’s resource use, and the project became the first LEED for Homes retrofit in the U.S., achieving Gold certification.

Wilmot provided LEED coordination and verification for the retrofit of both the home and the Gore’s personal offices. The work included a full spectrum of improvements designed to use only 50% of the energy of an identical home built to 2004 building codes. “Short of tearing it down and starting anew, I don’t know how it could have been rated any higher,” commented a USGBC representative and 2011 LEED Fellow. Wilmot simultaneously prepared the home for EarthcraftTM certification offered through the regional Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta.

As a result of their outstanding performance, Wilmot was chosen by the Southface Institute as a LEED for Homes Provider Representative for Tennessee.

In addition, Wilmot staff have been selected to preview and test USGBC curriculum, training, and exams and were in the first class of USGBC Green Raters, a role specific to the LEED for Homes rating system. As a Green Rater, Wilmot coordinates all the roles required to achieve LEED for homes certification (Provider, Green Rater, HERS Rater, and site inspections), specializing in large projects and multi-family developments.