J.T. Turner Construction Co., Inc. is building a LEED certified home designed by Dawson Wissmach Architects at the Ford Plantation. The project’s groundbreaking was held Friday, Oct. 19. This eco-friendly home is the first of its kind on the Plantation, said Director of Operations Tom Draffin. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. David and Ann Kloeppel of Nashville, Tenn., are the future homeowners. "We looked at this as an opportunity to build something green," Ann Kloeppel said. "The big decision maker was that, by choosing to be certified, we can help raise awareness in the community." Pictured (from L to R) are Clifford Meads, Matt Gaskin, Carol Kelly, Clara Welsh, Tom Draffin, Mike Small, David Kloeppel, Ann Kloeppel, Robin Whitmer, J.T. Turner, Jr., Pearce Scott and Jenny Miezejeski.