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