Built to LEED specifications, Eco Generation Homes’
Barber City Project demonstrates a transition in home building methods with many greener options than in the past. The project is expecting gold certification under the LEED program.
By relocating the original house, trees, and concrete to a new location, and recycling nearly 99% of the construction waste, almost nothing has gone into landfills. Rocks and boulders from the site were saved from the landfill to enhance the native landscaping and low water vegetation. With new concrete work that contains 25% fly ash, a recycled waste product to high-efficiency roofing materials these homes demonstrate sustainable building elements in all phases of construction.
A high number of the framing timbers have been harvested under FSC & SFI foresting guidelines. The multi-layered floor construction means that the raw material is used in the most effective way. The floors are installed without using glue.
The cabinetry is constructed at a company that recycles and reclaims wood, exceeds formaldehyde standards, and uses reclamation systems for a variety of other materials. Recycled glass is used in the mosaic tile. WaterSense bathroom faucets, dual flush toilets, and tankless hot water heaters to conserve water and save money.
Practical elements like exterior fiber cement siding and fencing made from recycled milk jugs with wood fiber cellulose further enhance occupancy as there is little to no maintenance required. Insulated, low-E windows do not transfer heat/cool inside or out. Energy efficient HVAC systems work smarter, not harder. The insulation with maximum value creates an airtight envelope, reducing heating and cooling costs. A solar PV system creates energy onsite.
“These two eco-homes are an example of what we can create when we focus on responsible building and living,” states project co-founder Trudy Kalush. “We want to share what we have learned and show how people can execute lasting changes with their choices. Living green benefits everyone. Each of us can make a difference.”
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