Friday, February 27, 2009

Recycled Glass Countertops

The countertops and back-splash combined contribute to 1 full point in the MR2B section of the LEED pilot program. They are considered EPP (Environmentally Preferable Products) and are sourced within 500 miles from the house. The recycled content of both is greater than 50% post-consumer products!

Interior Construction Images

Nighttime Kitchen Shots

The LED lights are in, the counter top and appliance, and the millwork is almost complete!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Exterior Construction Images

The exterior of the house is nearly finished.  

Blower Door Test

Monday, February 9, 2009

Rain Gardens

The rain gardens are being planted. The rain water run-off not contained by the rain harvest system will be collected in these areas that are designed to irrigate specific plants; all impermeable surfaces in the landscape drain to the rain gardens.  Along with the rain harvest system and permanent erosion control features, the rain gardens contribute to a plan that allows complete surface water management for the site.  The LEED program recognizes this by awarding 4 LEED points for Surface Water Management.

Salvaged Site Material

The existing driveway from the original demolished house was removed, crushed and placed around the new house as landscaping site fill.  This contributes to the Materials and Resources LEED points for repurposing existing site materials for the construction of the house.  

February Construction

The TPO roof is trimmed, the flashing and edging is all installed and the exterior paint is nearly complete.