Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mi GreenStar - Michigan New Green Remodeling Certification Program

Today I went through the pilot training for the new Mi GreenStar Green Certification Program training. As the Vice-President of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES) we are proud to bring Minnesota GreenStar (MNGS) Green Remodeling Certification program to Michigan.  With over 120 million existing homes responsible for 21 percent of the U.S’s energy use and Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors in often unhealthy environments, the partnership’s efforts will focus on educating occupants and remodelers on improving the five key categories of existing homes; Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Water Conservation, Site & Community Impact and Resource Efficiency. This is a holistic program that views the home and lot has an interactive system.

The GreenStar Remodeling certification works for remodels of virtually all sizes and types, making certification of those projects meaningful and attainable. We are hoping to be taking a Sustainable Home Consultants remodel project through the Mi GreenStar Pilot program, please stay tuned for more information.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

LEED Platinum River Escape Home Video

Checkout the video of the LEED "Platinum" River Escape home in Stanwood, Michigan produce by the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES) intern from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The video explains the building science and design process behind one of Michigan's most affordable LEED certified homes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

River Escape Project Receives LEED for Homes "Platinum" Certification

It's official we just received LEED for Homes "Platinum"Certification for the "River Escape" project in Stanwood, Michigan. This is the highest honor you can receive from the USGBC, and this is our 8th LEED for Homes "Platinum" project and our 15th LEED certified home. We want to thank the members of the "River Escape" project team for project well done. Thanks goes out to Image Design, LLC, Vos Energy Concepts, Turtle Wall and AES (Alliance for Environmental Sustainability) for awesome job! We would also like to thank the Homeowner for allowing us all to be apart of the special project!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sustainable Home Consultants, LLC Interviewed for Michigan Blue Magazine

If you get a chance please read our interview in Michigan Blue Magazine Green Issue called "Driving the Green Evolution". We were very excited to be interviewed by one of our favorite Magazines. It is great to see them dedicating part of their issue to Green Building and LEED for Homes projects. They asked us some interesting questions (See the questions below)

How did your own green philosophy evolve?

What impact have homeowners had on the green evolution within the home-building industry?

What different kinds of concerns and priorities inspire a homeowners lean toward being green?

What is the return on investing in green products or building processes?

What are the most important aspects to consider when building green?

What do you see for the future of green building?

If you want to know the answer to these question please pickup the spring 2012 issue of Michigan Blue magazine at your local newsstand, better yet get a subscription.

Turtle Lake (Terrapin Station) Project Receives LEED for Homes "Platinum" Certification

It's official we just received LEED for Homes "Platinum"Certification for the "Turtle Lake" (Terrapin Station) project in Beulah, Michigan. This is the highest honor you can receive from the USGBC, and this is our 7th LEED for Homes "Platinum" project and our 14th LEED certified home. We want to thank the members of the "Turtle Lake" project team for project well done. Thanks goes out to Image Design LLC, Let Us, Inc., Turtle Wall and AES (Alliance for Environmental Sustainability) for awesome job! We would also like to thank the Homeowner for allowing us all to be apart of the special project!

Glenn Retreat Project Receives LEED for Homes "Platinum" Certification

It's official we just received LEED for Homes "Platinum"Certification for the "Glenn Retreat" project in Glenn, Michigan. This is the highest honor you can receive from the USGBC , and this is our 6th LEED for Homes "Platinum" project and our 13th LEED certified home. We want to thank the members of the "Glenn Retreat" project team for project well done. Thanks goes out toImage Design LLC, Lake Homes Builder's, Landscape Design Services, Inc. and AES (Alliance for Environmental Sustainability) for awesome job! We would also like to thank the Homeowner for allowing us all to be apart of the special project!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Come Tour the "River Escape" Project on 11.11.11

On 11.11.11 come see our "River Escape" project a truly affordable home that was built to be 88% more energy efficient than and standard new code built home. This home is a Zero-Energy home that is projected to be a LEED for Homes“Platinum” project. The home is also a finalist for Green Builder Magazines "2011 Home of the Years". And is ZeroStep“Silver” Certified (Lifetime Design or Barrier Free) from Disability Advocates of Kent County Michigan.

Key Sustainable/Green Features

  • Rain Permeable Gravel Driveway.
  • Lifetime Design (Barrier Free)
  • Zero step entries.
  • Energy Star North Star Triple Pane Windows.
  • Energy Star LED & CFL lighting.
  • Energy Star Ceiling Fans.
  • Energy Star Appliances by Frigidaire.
  • SIP Panel Roof
  • Frost Protected Shallow Foundation (with R-20 Dow Insulation beneath it.)
  • BuildBlock ICF Construction (with 40% Fly-Ash)
  • Advanced Framing (Studs @ 24” o.c.)
  • James Hardie FiberCement siding (with recycled content)
  • MiraTec Trim (formaldehyde free, SCS Certified)
  • Central Vacuum System (Greatly reduces in-door air pollutants)
  • Concrete Floors through-out main floor. (Colored in the concrete mix)
  • FSC certified Bamboo Flooring on second story.
  • FSC certified stud interior walls.
  • No-VOC Paints and primers.
  • Low-VOC caulks and sealants.
  • Amish Built Kitchen Cabinets from wood within 5 miles from the project site.
  • Dual-Flush toilet by American Standard.
  • Low flow shower heads and faucets.
  • Pex Plumbing.
  • Radon Venting.
  • Radiant Heat Through-out Home.
  • Life breath HRV (heat recovery ventilator)
  • Passive Solar Design.
  • Solar Hot Water. (30% Tax Rebate)
  • 4.1kW of Photovoltaic (30% Tax Rebate)
  • Pellet Stove (Back up Heat System)
  • Pre-wired for a future Wind Generator.
  • Pre-wired for future battery backup.

Please RSVP with us at 616.957.LEED (5333) or at ehughes@imagedesignarch.com