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The retrofit project for this home included a comprehensive enclosure retrofit and new heating, cooling and ventilation systems. The current owner purchased this bank-owned and unoccupied home in 2010 with the intention of conducting significant energy performance improvements prior to occupancy. The National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program provided technical and financial assistance to extend these renovations to the level of a deep energy retrofit (DER).
New Orleans, LA
The Green Dream 1 house is a joint project between Catholic Charities Archdiocese New Orleans’ program Operation Helping Hands (OHH), the Louisiana State University AgCenter’s Louisiana House Project (LaHouse), and Building Science Corporation (BSC) working with the Department of Energy’s Building America Program.
New Orleans, LA
The Green Dream 2 is a single-family home built on the site of a hurricane-damaged house that stood for 3 years before being demolished by the city of New Orleans. Staff and students from Portland Community College met the homeowner and his family on a trip to New Orleans and wanted to help them by building a new home; one that would be durable, healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient and affordable. Portland Community College connected the homeowner with Catholic Charities Operation Helping Hands who, in turn, asked BSC and the LSU AgCenter to be a part of the team.
New Orleans, LA
Project Home Again is a not-for-profit organization that is overseeing the construction of 20 affordable and energy efficient single detached residences in Gentilly, New Orleans. The project is managed by Green Coast Enterprises, a local real estate services firm. A local architect and builder (Sustainable Architecture, LLC. and TKTMJ, Inc., respectively) were hired in large part because of their extensive expertise and willingness to embrace Building America building practices. These single detached homes demonstrate the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that Building Science...
New Orleans, LA
Phase II is a continuation of a charitable residential community in New Orleans called Project Home Again. Project Home Again is a not-for-profit organization that is overseeing the construction of 12 affordable and energy efficient single detached residences in Gentilly, New Orleans. The project is managed by Green Coast Enterprises, a local real estate services firm. A local architect and builder (Sustainable Architecture, LLC. and TKTMJ, Inc., respectively) were hired in large part because of their extensive expertise and willingness to embrace Building America building practices. These...
This test home provides an example of a thoroughly comprehensive retrofit that did not involve major additions or changes to the building footprint but, nonetheless expanded living space by including the basement within the thermal enclosure.
The owners of this circa 1800 Victorian have been postponing renovation and performance upgrade for years in anticipation of a major change in the household structure. With the likelihood of an aging parent’s arrival, they decided to rebuild a portion of the home and add new space to provide a ground floor bedroom with an unfinished office space above.
This is a first foray into Building America-level performance for the builder, Jim Pepitone and his company, Ark Ventures, LLC. Building Science Corporation (BSC) supported Ark Ventures on the design and construction of the Greenbrier prototype, the model home for a 14 unit subdivision in which the builder intends to demonstrate his concept of “attainable sustainable.”
ZETA Communities is a startup company that has a mission of building energy efficient and/or net zero modular houses at costs competitive with local construction. They recently completed their first prototype, the live-work townhome: an infill project located in a mixed industrial/artist/residential urban neighborhood, within walking distance of a mass transit station. The plan provides a ground floor work studio, 2 bedrooms, light-filled great rooms, decks, and sustainable landscaping, in addition to a one-car parking garage.
Ormond Beach, TX
Building Science Corporation (BSC) collaborated with ICI Homes in Daytona Beach, FL on a 2008 prototype house called the Showcase House. This house demonstrates the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that ICI currently promotes through its in-house efficiency program called EFactor. The Showcase house is located in Plantation Bay, a Master Planned Community in Flagler County, Florida.