The US Green Building Council has awarded LEED Platinum certification to a custom green home in Athens, Georgia, US, owned and designed by Lori Bork Newcomer, principal of Bork Architectural Design.
Inside the 2,632ft2 custom green home, the sculptural vault of the glass-clad front gable provides natural light to the open floor plan's kitchen, living and dining areas. The home has been designed with a compact front façade combining strong horizontal and vertical modern lines with the traditional gabled form, and a large front porch to fit in with the neighbourhood's cottages.
US Green Building Council-Georgia executive director Leesa Carter said the LEED Platinum home looks at green building from a more holistic viewpoint, tackling not only energy reduction but also responsible site selection, water conservation and the reduction of construction waste while also promoting recycled materials and healthy indoor air quality.
The house has been built from locally-sourced reclaimed heart pine floors and salvaged wood from an old shed further connect the house to the local site and culture. The home's sustainable features also include a low-emission wood burning stove, mineral paints on interior walls, polished concrete floors with 20% fly ash (recycled waste from coal-fired power plants) and recycled FLOR carpet tiles. The house's large windows provide natural lighting as well as passive-solar heating in winter months.
The custom-designed building also features eco-friendly doors built from recycled material, cellulose and ecobatt recycled wall insulation, a high-efficiency heat pump with an energy recovery ventilator and infrastructure for future solar power installation. The roofline has been given spray-foam icynene insulation while LED and CFL lightbulbs have been used in half of the home fixtures.
Water efficiency measures include low-flow fixtures that conserve water inside the house while a 1,100gal cistern captures rainwater for irrigation for drought-tolerant landscaping. The interior of the house also uses low or zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) for its adhesives and cabinetry, improving air quality for the occupants.