Emigration Canyon Home is First Recipient of LEED Silver Green Home Certification

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Located in Utah’s Emigration Canyon just north of Salt Lake City, this contemporary 2,500 square foot home was designed for a family with small children by Sparano + Mooney Architecture. It provides breathtaking canyon views from every angle, and is the first recipient of the LEED Silver green home certification thanks to sustainable materials and energy-efficient qualities.

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The main living room consists of a 30-foot operable wall that transforms it into an outdoor room, and cor-ten steel cladding mixed with board-formed wood textured concrete create a modern, low maintenance interior that maintains a natural style. The lower level is an open, flexible design, ideal to be used as an art studio, playroom, home office, or entertainment room.

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Solatube skylights maximize the use of natural light, and an in-floor radiant system provides energy-efficient heat during cold Utah winters. The surrounding landscape complements the architecture with native, drought-resistant plants that provide a seamless transition between the cozy home and rustic canyon surroundings.

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August Month in Review [Outline]

It’s been another month and time is chasing by. Here’s an outline of coverage from August.  From newly published pieces this month, I noticed that our articles about colored solar panels and this New Mexico Passive House were shared a fair amount.  For a visual look at what’s being shared, also make sure to check out Jetson Green on Pinterest.

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Platinum Beachaus II Prefab in White Rock

Following the sale of Beachaus I, a contemporary prefab in the White Rock area of British Columbia, the neighboring Beachaus II now hits the market with a price tag of $1,275,000. The LEED Platinum home — three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, 2,025 square feet — was designed by Pb Elemental, fabricated by Method Homes, and developed by InHaus Development.

The green home has bamboo hardwoods, soy-based spray foam insulation, FSC-certified black walnut for the cabinetry, xenon cabinet lighting, dual-flush Toto toilets, an ultra-efficient laundry with steam dry, rainwater harvesting, and xeriscape landscaping, etc.

Other green technology used in this home includes efficient Bosch appliances, a Control4 Home Automation system, integrated iPad touch control, an energy monitoring system, a HEPA-filtered HRV, an on-demand gas fireplace, air-to-water heat exchange, and in-floor radiant hydronic heating.

There will be an open house on August 19, 2012, from 1-4 pm. The address is 15619 Columbia Ave, South Surrey White Rock, British Columbia, V4B 1K9, Canada.

For more of Beachaus II, check out this video on YouTube or the Maureen Fritz listing.

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LEED Platinum Neptune Norte in Encinitas

This new home — Neptune Norte — is located in Encintas just a stone’s throw from the beach.  The $6,995,000 beach pad has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half bathrooms, and about 5,347 square feet, but with the green features, Neptune Norte is supposed to use about 54% less energy than a new home built to the code.

The home was designed and built by brothers, Jeff Adams of Wave Crest and Steve Adams of Adams Design Associates.  It received LEED Platinum certification with 108 points and is the third custom home in San Diego county to receive the designation.

Neptune Norte has a 5.9 kW solar PV system, vegetated green roof, a 1,700 gallon cistern to use rainwater for irrigation, Azek composite fascia and trim, Trex composite decking, and no- or low-VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives.

For energy efficiency, the home has low-e argon-filled windows (with aluminum exterior clad wood), Eco Seal air sealing, blown-in cellulose insulation, tankless water heaters, high efficiency gas furnaces, sealed ductwork, Energy Star appliances, and Lutron lighting controls, according to Wave Crest.

Neptune Norte is listed under MLS #120029933 with Jo Ann Shannon at Sea Coast Exclusive Properties.

[+] More about Neptune Norte from builder WaveCrest.

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Majority of LEED Homes Are Affordable

On the heels of the delay of LEED 2012, the USGBC announced that the organization has certified more than 20,000 LEED for Homes units since the residential program launched in 2008.  Moreover, about 51% of all certified homes qualify as affordable housing, and about 79,000 LEED for Homes units are in the pipeline right now.

With green homes expected to gain more market share of all home construction, it’s reasonable to expect that the USGBC will play a huge role in the greening of our national housing stock.

The USGBC certified the first 1,000 homes in 31 months; 1,001 – 5,000 in 18 months; 5,001 – 10,000 in 12 months; and 10,001 – 20,000 in 13 months, according to the USGBC.  So the trajectory is definitely in the direction of more and faster (and, perhaps, measurably greener, too, as the system evolves).

Credit: The Shoebox House/LEED Platinum, © Laurie Allegretti.

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Contemporary INFILL is The New Prefab

John Dwyer was involved in the design of the first LEED Platinum home in Minnesota — 5ive — and now aims to change the way homeowners purchase homes.  He recently unveiled INFILL, “the new prefab,” with a plan to provide complete delivery, high performance, and full adaptability from three basic prefab designs.

The homes will be “super insulated and durably finished for near zero utility and maintenance costs,” according to Dwyer’s new site for INFILL.

INFILL homes are priced from $198,000 for a 1,248 square-foot home, which is about $160 per square foot, including all hard and soft costs, design, engineering, and construction.

To keep prices reasonable, Dwyer will use integrated project delivery and contract structure based on IPD.  With IPD, the critical players come together early in the design process to facilitate sharing, solve potential problems, eliminate waste, and maximize value for the homeowner.

All of the INFILL designs are smaller than 2,500 square feet and available from less than $400,000.  As this new prefab endeavor takes off, I’ll make sure to keep you posted with more detail.

Credits: John Dwyer Architect.

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Greenfab is a Platinum Modular Home

Last week, Greenfab was awarded LEED Platinum certification for this modular home, a contemporary residence located in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle. It’s the first prefabricated, modular home in Washington to obtain this level of LEED certification and the design is part of Greenfab’s 1300 Series now available nationally.

The prefab has 1,870 square feet and several features for energy efficiency: double-glazed windows with a U-value of 0.35, R26 exterior walls, Energy Star appliances, energy recovery ventilation, heat pump electric heating, backup radiant electric heat, and a GE hybrid heat pump water heater, according to a Greenfab release.

For water conservation, the home has low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets, a rain garden, a 1,400-gallon water storage cistern that collects rainwater for irrigation and toilet water, and three, 300-gallon storage basics that filter and treat greywater from showers, sinks, and the washing machine.

The home is also smart wired with digital monitoring system that collects and measures data relating to weather, energy usage, and water usage in order to give the owner constant feedback via an iOS-based app.

With the LEED Platinum announcement, Greenfab announces the national availability of the 1300 Series at a starting price of $112,000, or $85 per square foot including a 90%-complete home and design/engineering fees. At this price, the design by HyBrid Architecture resembles what you see but would only meet LEED Silver and includes 1,320 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, bonus room, and 700 square-foot roof deck.

[+] More about the 1300 series from Seattle-based Greenfab.

Credits: Greenfab. 

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Seattle Alley House Aims for LEED Platinum

This is Alley House 2, a modular prefab home aiming for LEED Platinum certification, located in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.  We looked at the home during site assembly and note that it’s complete and listed for sale at the offering of $599,000.  The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage (that could be used as a workshop or converted to an ADU), and 1,687 square feet.

Alley House 2 was developed by Cascade Built, designed by David Foster Architects, and assembled by Method Homes.

The green home features advanced framing, ample natural light, a mini-split heat pump, on-demand hot water, WaterSense fixtures, low-VOC paints and finishes, strand bamboo flooring, rainscreen siding with fiber cement and cedar, pervious paving, drought-tolerant plantings, and a roof ready for vegetation and solar PV.

Alley House 2 is located at 216-B 26th Ave E, Seattle, Washington, 98112 and is currently listed under MLS# 264959.

[+] More about Alley House 2 from Cascade Built.

Credits: Infinite Real Estate Development.

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The New American Home at IBS 2012

This is The New American Home — a project built every year in conjunction with the NAHB’s International Builders’ Show — in Orlando, Florida.  The 4,000 square-foot home collected eight green building certifications, including LEED Platinum and NAHB Emerald, and is expected to consume 52% less energy than a standard home of similar size.  Plus, a 4.0 kW solar array provides about 18% of annual energy needs.

For the record, TNAH received or qualified for NAHB Emerald, LEED-H Platinum, Energy Star, Indoor airPlus, Florida Green Building Coalition Platinum, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Designation, Florida Water Star Gold, and the DOE’s Builders Challenge.

In many respects, TNAH was built for energy efficiency.  The blower door test measured 0.35 air changes per hour at a negative pressure of 50 Pascals — solidly in Passive House territory for this one measurement.  To minimize air leakage, spray foam was used on the underside of the roof deck and around penetrations and framing.

Elsewise, TNAH has heavily insulated ICF exterior walls, low-e coated and argon-filled windows, an Energy Star roof covering, an 18 SEER air-source heat pump system, sealed ductwork, a solar hot water system, Energy Star appliances, and LED and CFL lighting.

TNAH is completely geeked out with an energy management system to shift energy usage to off-peak periods, full home automation and control by smartphone or tablet, motorized exterior solar screens and interior privacy shades, a home security system with mobile control, and a central vacuum system that vents debris to the outside.

The New American Home was designed by Architecture by Phil Kean, LLC and built by Phil Kean Designs, Inc.  At 4,181 square feet, it’s one of the smallest TNAH projects in many years and could very well be the greenest.  The home has six bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a gallery and bar, a lanai and pool, and a three-car garage.

[+] More photos of the construction and final home from the IBS 2012 Flickr set.

Credits: James F. Wilson; Timberlake Cabinetry (exterior yard photo only). 

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BRIT?s New Headquarters Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) July 12, 2011

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is pleased to announce that its new headquarters has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council(USGBC).

Under the LEED rating system for new construction, BRIT?s headquarters was awarded 56 points. USGBC rating system requires a score of 52 or higher to achieve its platinum rating. The headquarters is the first building in Tarrant County to achieve the Platinum rating, the second in North Texas, and the eighth in the state of Texas.

The 70,000-square-foot, two-story building is situated on 5.2 acres. The building?s estimated energy savings is approximately $ 37,000 per year, which is 50 percent higher than energy code recommendations. A key contributor to the impressive energy savings is BRIT?s 52-kilowatt photovoltaic system mounted on the roof of BRIT?s Archive Block. The system supplies approximately 14 percent of the buildings annual energy requirements. Using captured rainwater from the roof and hardscape, BRIT has reduced potable water usage for irrigation by 95 percent. In addition, by using low-flow fixtures and other water conservation measures in the building it has achieved a 51 percent water savings.

?Everything about our building is focused on conservation and reusing natural resources,? said Dr. S.H. Sohmer, BRIT’s president and director. ?The building was designed and built based on BRIT?s mission and core principles of conservation, sustainability, and wise stewardship of the land.?

?We are thrilled to receive the news of the Platinum certification,? Sohmer said. ?It is my belief that building owners and developers throughout the U.S. and around the world can play a major role in reducing environmental stress by employing some or all of the sustainable features found in our building.?

The new BRIT building was designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, LLC and Corgan Associates, Inc. with campus landscape design by Balmori Associates, Inc. The sustainability consultant was theGreen Team, Inc., and construction was by the Beck Group. The building and campus incorporate a wide range of sustainable features that are reflected in its LEED Platinum rating, some of which are listed below. LEED certification is based on credits earned in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Sustainable Sites ? BRIT earned 11 out of 14 possible points in LEED?s Sustainable Sites category and included using rain gardens for water runoff, low emissions vehicle parking, restoration of the Fort Worth Prairie habitat as a viable ecosystem, living roof, and using LED site lighting.

Water Efficiency ? BRIT earned four out of five points and incorporated a number of innovative water-saving and water-reusing features including a rainwater pond, two cisterns, using indigenous plants, and low-flow fixtures.

Energy and Atmosphere ? BRIT earned all 17 points by employing geothermal wells around the building and incorporating a rooftop-mounted photovoltaic system.

Materials and Resources ? BRIT earned seven of 13 points using wood from sustainably managed forests like FSC labeled ash, a hardwood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as responsibly harvested and sinker cypress wood that comes from cypress logs that sank in the Mississippi River over 100 years ago. BRIT also used rapidly renewable materials including bamboo ceiling panels, linen and paper wall coverings, and wool carpet.

Indoor Environmental Quality ? BRIT earned 12 of 15 points by designing windows and glazing to allow natural sunlight in more than 75percent of the building.

Innovation and Design Process – BRIT earned all five points for its green education program, potable water savings, habitat restoration, and construction waste management.

About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Founded in 1987, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is an international, scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing. Based in Fort Worth, BRIT documents the diversity of plant life and conducts extensive research around the world. Current major projects are in Texas, Europe, Peru, and Papua New Guinea. In the last ten years, BRIT scientists have located and described scores of species previously unknown to science.

BRIT’s herbarium, a collection of more than one million dried plant specimens representing much of Earth?s plant diversity, is among the largest in the United States and is the largest U.S. herbarium not part of a university, botanical garden, or broader natural history museum. Some specimens date back to the late 1700?s. BRIT’s library houses more than 125,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and journals from more than 100 countries.

BRIT?s collections-based research provides information for conservation purposes and is a resource for research scientists, students, teachers, plant enthusiasts, gardeners, hospitals, and many others. BRIT?s plant collections and educational programs are open to the public to help fulfill our mission to achieve public understanding of the value that plants bring to life.

In the spring of 2011, BRIT moved into its new, sustainable, and energy-efficient headquarters located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. The official grand opening was held on May 21, 2011. BRIT is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. BRIT.org

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