Blending the Art and Science of Building
This beautiful French Country ranch with spectacular views was the first home in
central Ohio built to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) green
building guidelines (similar to LEED - H). The NAHB model is a point based system
that awards points for doing certain things to the home. As points are collected, the
house gets “greener”. This home achieved the “Gold” level; which is the highest
level!  The whole process was verified by an independant 3rd party.

The following is a high level overview of the home.

    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 4.5
    Garage: 3 car
    Square footage: 3970
    Additional features:
    •        Green Certification  (see below for details)
    •        Gourmet kitchen
    •        Mudroom with dog shower and lockers
    •        Unique outdoor living environment
    •        Exercise room
    •        Recreation room
    •        Home office
    •        Media and security-system wiring


Some of the Features that make the Home “Green”

1. Energy Efficiency - Energy efficiency is considered a priority in most existing
green building programs. The following are key components to making the home
more energy efficient.

    •        Insulating Concrete Form  (ICF) exterior walls
    •        Insulated basement slab
    •        Foam Spray Insulation
    •        Energy Star Rated Windows
    •        Direct vented fireplace
    •        All ductwork within the conditioned space of the home
    •        No can lights exposed to attic space        
    •        Energy Star Furnace
    •        15 Seer A/C
    •        Energy Star Rated Refrigerator, Dishwasher, and Washing Machine
    •        Passive cooling design techniques
    Fake Window
    Garage Location
    •        Design allows for future addition of Solar panels

2. Indoor Environmental Quality - Healthy indoor environments attract many people
to green building. After energy efficiency, the quality of a home’s indoor air is often
cited as the most important feature of green homes.

    •        Water (mold) Management
    Water sealed footer
    Synthetic Stucco (Palladium)
    Bath fans on timers or humidistats
    Vented range hood
    •        Energy Recovery Ventilator (EVR) to bring fresh are into the home        
    •        Direct vented furnace and water heater
    •        Direct vented fireplace
    •        Garage air sealed from house (ICF wall)
    •        Garage ventilation
    •        Active Radon Mitigation
    •        Low VOC Paints
    •        SILENCE,   SAFETY – ICFs

3. Water Efficiency - Green homes often conserve water both indoors and out. More
efficient water delivery systems indoors and native and drought-resistant
landscaping choices outdoors can help prevent unnecessary waste of valuable
water resources.

    •        Energy Star Rated Dishwasher and Washing Machine
    •        Reduced flow (<2.5 gpm) showerheads
    •        Reduced flow (<2.2 gpm) faucets         
    •        Dual Flush Toilets (< 1.6 gal/flush)
    •        Rain sensor on sprinkler system
    •        Rain Barrel

4. Lot Design  -  Site design principles such as saving trees, constructing onsite
storm water retention/infiltration features, and orienting houses to maximize
passive solar heating and cooling are basic processes used in the design and
construction of green homes.

    •        25 ft Conservation Easement
    •        Native Plants in Landscape – less water needed
    •        Passive solar cooling techniques used        
    •        Storm water management
    rain garden
    rain barrel

5. Resource Efficiency - Creating resource efficient designs and using resource
efficient materials can maximize function while optimizing the use of natural
resources. For instance, engineered wood products can help optimize resources
by using materials in which more than 50% more of the log is converted into
structural lumber than conventional dimensional lumber.

    •        Reduce Quantity of Materials and Waste - Roof Trusses, I-joist
    •        Wood flooring
    •        Bar countertop – made from recycled material        
    •        Enhance Durability and Reduce Maintenance
    Covered exterior doors
    Roof overhangs

6. Owner Education - Improper or inadequate maintenance can defeat the designer’
s and builder’s best efforts to create a resource efficient home. For example,
homeowners often fail to change air filters regularly or neglect to operate bath and
kitchen exhaust fans to remove moist air. Many homeowners are unaware of the
indoor environmental quality impact of using common substances in and around
the house such as
pesticides, fertilizers, and common cleaning agents.

    We will provide manuals and training to the owners to explain the systems of the home.  This will
    not be
    overwhelming.  However, there will be things the owner will need to understand about the
    systems.