The First Passive House in Virginia

This is the first Passive House to be certified by PHIUS in Virginia.  Located at 229 Lankford Avenue in Charlottesville, Virginia, the project was designed by Giovanna Galfione-Cox and certified by John Semmelhack of Think Little.  Lankford Passive House has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and about 2,250 square feet, according to a local real estate listing, and is offered for sale at $598,000.

Lankford Passive House met the airtightness requirement with 0.42 ACH at 50 Pascal.  For systems, the new home has an UltimateAir ERV, GE heat pump water heater, and a Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump with two indoor units.

All of the appliances are Energy Star or better and include a Bosch EcoSense dishwasher, VestFrost refrigerator from Denmark, and Schott Ceran glass-ceramic cooktop.

In terms of the construction, the green home has triple-pane Serious Windows 725 Series, double-stud wall framing, FSC-certified framing lumber and plywood, structural insulated sheathing with taped seams, a hybrid wall with nine inches of Agribalance open cell spray foam and cellulose insulation, a roof with Agribalance open cell spray foam and two inches of closed cell roof foam, a white roof, and an exterior with stucco and Western Red Cedar.

The home is solar ready and includes several other green elements, including a 1,100-gallon rainwater harvesting system, locally-sourced slate, regionally-sourced red oak floors with a water-based low-VOC finish, and building finishes from cherry and locust trees harvested on the site.

[+] More about the Lankford Passive House from The Hook.

Credits: CAAR MLS. 

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AVAVA Systems Proves Speed of New Framing Technology

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2010

On Friday, July 23, 2010, AVAVA Systems partners David Wilson, Michael Kozel, and Robert Crivinar demonstrated their patented new construction method by adding a third story to an existing house in the hills of Berkeley, California. The 500-square-foot addition was framed from start to finish in less than 2 hours. Architects and contractors witnessing the construction were astonished by the speed and ease of the new technology, in addition to the precise geometry of the final structure.

Other than the sounds of typical construction banter with some less typical laughter, the occasional power screwdrivers were the only noise heard during the two-hour process. The horizontal I-joists were lifted into place, followed immediately by two of the patented joist-locks™ and two vertical I-joists until there were a row of 20 or so interlocked wood frames. Two thin steel rods were then threaded through the joist-locks™ at each upper corner and tightened together with steel washers and nuts, locking the structure together. The result was a 500-square-foot open-ended room with perfectly square walls and a smooth flat roof, ready to be covered with a plywood exterior.

Asked how this construction compared to traditional residential wood framing, Mike McCurdy, the Project Contractor, responded “the same amount of framing in traditional 2x stud framing would have taken two to three days.” McCurdy went on to say, “I would love to do this type of construction again anytime.” Architects who were on hand to witness the first real world application of the new technology were also very impressed with the rapid and simple construction, with a touch of disbelief: “It seems that everyone involved with putting up the frame was having such a good time, I wanted to join in the fun.”


Model Framing Complete at Ainsley Park in the Villages of Columbus

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) September 24, 2010

Dramatic developments continue to unfold at Ainsley Park, where the model framing is now complete and construction is right on schedule for this brand new Tustin address, the last new home neighborhood to open at Columbus Grove within the Villages of Columbus. As this neighborhood continues to unfold its paired model designs on a more dramatic scale, now is a great time to visit the Sales Gallery for Ainsley Park by William Lyon Homes. For the latest news flashes, stay connected on Facebook and Twitter or log on to for more details, including its access to the top-rated Irvine Unified School District.

“With the second stories of the models framed and the near completion of the roofs, guests are excited to see the architectural scope and dimensions of these bright and open home designs,” said Lesley Pennington, Director of Sales for William Lyon Homes. “As we stay on track for Ainsley Park’s highly anticipated model grand opening later this fall, construction is moving forward at a very impressive pace. This steady progression is fantastic news for Orange County buyers eager for the upcoming model debut.”

“With prices anticipated to start from the high $ 400,000s, many of our early visitors have been first-time buyers who currently live in the local area, but who are ready to make the leap to homeownership at Ainsley Park. Smart consumers realize this new central Orange County opportunity can change their lives and are ready to say YES to spacious designs, top-rated Irvine Unified schools, convenient shopping and shorter drives. Stop by today to see just how far construction has come and take a virtual tour on the Touch Screen in the Sales Gallery for an interactive look at the neighborhood’s paired designs and also learn more about private community recreation, local entertainment amenities and Ainsley Park’s close proximity to major toll roads, John Wayne Airport and the Metrolink,” Pennington added.

Whether this is the first step or the next step, Ainsley Park is the shortest distance between you and your goals. Visit soon and imagine a promising future at this new Tustin neighborhood from a builder whose reputation for dependability and excellent customer service has spanned more than five decades.

Picturesque tree-lined streets and the established amenities of the Villages of Columbus provide a charming backdrop for Ainsley Park. Spacious, flexible floorplans range from approximately 1,659 to 2,364 square feet, with three to four bedrooms, 2.5 to three bathrooms and two-car garages.

New residents can enjoy the Grove House’s exclusive amenities from the first day they move in. This private community clubhouse is within walking distance of Ainsley Park and offers approximately 5,400 square feet of resort-caliber recreational amenities such as a junior Olympic saline pool and spa, great room, lounge, kitchen, barbecue area, children’s pool and more. Internet-savvy residents will also appreciate The Grove House’s Wi-Fi hotspots, ensuring connectivity even outdoors. A second choice for recreational downtime is 18 Sweet Shade, where residents have access to a junior Olympic saline pool, wading pool, spa, spacious fireplace area, barbecues and scenic trails.

Columbus Grove’s two community parks, Grove Park and Village Park feature picturesque walking trails, full and half-court basketball courts, tot lot areas and picnic spots.

It matters who your builder is, and William Lyon Homes means it when they say that they put themselves into their homes. They build each and every home as if it were their own and have earned a solid track record for constructing homes throughout the West since 1954.

To visit the Ainsley Park Sales Gallery from the I-5, exit Jamboree Road and head southwest. Exit Warner, turn left (south), left on Harvard, left on Columbus Grove Drive, left on Sonora and left again on Carrotwood. Turn right on Jasmine and make an immediate right into the parking lot.

The Sales Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 888-325-5950.

Prices are effective as of the date of publication. All homes are subject to prior sale. Prices and availability of homes are subject to change without notice. DRE Officer License: 00982816.

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‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Albuquerque, New Mexico Day Two Summary: Demolition Day and Framing

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) January 19, 2008

Day Two has become known as Demolition Day, when the construction crew takes down the house and the Albuquerque area residents got into the spirit by participating in the symbolic charge towards the Martinez family house. The construction charge was followed by the traditional Builder speech given by Kyle Fisher, division president for Atreus Homes & Communities.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s” Ty Pennington, his design team, the builder team, and the many volunteers took the implications of “Builder Day” and put them straight into their work and together they got several steps closer to the final goal of providing the Marinez family with their own extreme home makeover! Making sure the family has someplace to come home to is a big responsibility and it was evident that all involved were very aware of it today.

Day Two’s morning activities were followed by demolition. The sheer number of people on site was evidence that specators will be traveling to the site 24/7 to watch the construction progress and try to catch a glimpse of design team members.

For up to date photos of construction progress on site visit: or drop by in person 24/7 to see just exactly what’s going on!

Tentative Day Three Construction Schedule:

With the house’s foundation poured overnight, framing work is scheduled to begin at dawn on Friday, with work on plumbing, electrical and heat/air conditioning to start as soon as the first floor is framed. Wednesday will mark the day when the largest number of trade partners will be working on the house at the same time. More than 300 workers will all be under the same roof at one point, working to get the homes’ construction started.


Spectators are encouraged to visit the site during the build and cheer on the builders and design team. Spectators should park at the Fairgrounds parking lot (pick up a free-parking ticket across the street) and a shuttle service will take them to the set. The shuttle service will run from 7am to 7pm starting Thursday. Be aware there will be temporary rest rooms, but no food or water will be available on site.


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as the Best Reality Program (non-competitive), the Peoples’ Choice Award for Favorite Reality Show/Makeover, The Family Television Award for Best Alternative/Reality Program and is in its fifth season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. Tune in Sundays 8/7c on ABC.


Atreus Homes & Communities, formerly HomeLife Communities, is a third-generation family-run homebuilder headquartered in Atlanta that is currently selling new homes in more than 100 neighborhoods nationwide. The company currently builds in Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte, Phoenix and Albuquerque, with prices ranging from townhomes in $ 80′s to detached homes from the $ 120′s to high $ 200′s. The company is the only homebuilder to offer the Customer Satisfaction PlusTM buyback guarantee on every home it builds. For more information on Atreus Homes, visit


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