Did you miss the chance to tour our 2017 Parade Home back in October? Want to tour it while learning about the green features in the home? If yes, mark your calendars for the weekends of April 28th and May 5th for the Spring Green Home Tour! The free, self-guided tour will feature homes across the Triangle that meet one of these high-performance certifications: Energy Star, National Green Building Standard, LEED, and/or EcoSelect. The concept of “green building” for decades has alluded to the broad ideology of environmentalism, but is increasingly becoming known as Building Performance, which more specifically refers to quantifiable metrics like energy usage, water usage, and indoor air quality. When building and buying new homes, performance matters!
Is The Lodge a “Green Home”?
The diverse areas of building science converge in the home as a system approach to green building. The Lodge was built using a myriad of energy efficiency, water efficiency, and healthy home products and techniques that work together as a system to contribute toward it’s environmental responsibility and indoor health benefits. Here’s a list of what we included:
- A 3,500 gallon FreeRain ® rainwater harvesting system collects runoff from the gutters and yard, filters it, and reuses it for irrigation
- Low Emissivity glass and argon filled dual pane windows and doors
- Energy Star Certified and NGBS Green Certified
- With the impact of solar factored in, the HERS score is 28, meaning that it’s 72% more efficient than an equally sized home built to code standards.
- Advanced framing techniques and engineered wood products require less lumber and create more space for insulation
- Full spray foam insulation and air sealing package, sealed attics, and a sealed crawl space along with Zip Wall sheathing create a tight, continuous air and vapor barrier around the perimeter of the home. Sealed crawl & attics create semi-conditioned space for storage and HVAC duct work, which helps the cooling/heating equipment run more efficiently
- Water saving dual flush toilets throughout, and self sanitizing toilet in the master
- Highly efficient 20 SEER, variable-speed HVAC is downsized based on air tightness. Variable speed system uses a percentage of available power based on demand, and introduces fresh, dehumidified air via an integrated Ultra-Aire dehumidifier
- 100% of lighting throughout the home is LED, and several sun tunnels and skylights provide natural day-lighting and solar powered electronic venting
- The 32 panel, 9 kW grid-tied solar array atop the poolside pavilion offsets approximately 45% of the homes’ electricity needs per year
- A whole house Reverse Osmosis and remineralization system provides pure water to all fixtures in the home. Zero-VOC paint and a radon remediation system alongside the controlled ventilation of the HVAC system ensure pure, healthy air inside the home
- Solid fiberglass front door provides better insulation than wood and aluminum,
- Engineered slate roof is made of 100% recycled plastic and manufactured regionally
- This house is tight!!! It measured 2.6 Air changes per hour @ 50 pascals by a blower door test (This is nearly twice as tight as Energy Star minimums)
We hope you join us for the Triangle wide Green Home Tour April 28-29 & May 5-6, 2018, Noon – 5 pm.