HGTV 2009 Green Home
|Tradition, FL 2009
LEED for Homes Platinum Certified
This 3 bedroom, 3 bath 2500-square-foot home, which earned LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council, is loaded with sustainable features beginning with mindful building orientation to maximize north / south exposures for optimum shading and protect interiors from sun exposure. Natural day light is captured throughout the house with distinctive clerestory windows above the main open living area and solar tube skylights in the hallway and kitchen. The changing daylight in the house also creates a sense of time and connection to nature.
Modern roofing technologies such as high solar reflecting materials and a roof garden create a cool, comfortable patio space. Even though the metal roof appears dark in color with its terracotta red finish, the technology of the painting system is actually highly reflective and prevents unwanted heat gain.
Solar photo voltaic (PV) cells provide power to the home producing renewable energy that helps lower electricity use in addition to the solar hot water heater.
Healthy materials without toxic chemicals were liberally incorporated in the home's interior to provide superior indoor air quality. Many materials also have recycled content. The concrete foundation and glass tiles in the bathrooms are some examples of this.
Water saving plumbing fixtures and rainwater collection for irrigation reduce the house's water demands.
Highly insulated, solid concrete wall system offers unparalleled storm protection and energy savings.
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