Ann Arbor-based green design, building and remodeling company, Meadowlark Builders, will be conducting tours of a “Deep Green” home under construction in Northfield Township. Guided tours will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20 – 22, 2012.
The Next Installment of the Behind the Drywall Tour Series: Come Visit the Forest Green House. The event is free; however, pre-registration is required by visiting www.behindthedrywall.com or by calling 734-332-1500.
One of the basic tenants in Green design and building is the idea of ‘long life, loose fit.’ The greenest design strategy is one that takes into account future occupant needs at different points in their lives in the building.
The building envelope of a home is every part that touches the exterior. This home has a next-generation insulation system made to seal homes tight and provide great bulk insulation while defeating the consequences of moisture flow through the building. Every part of the building envelope is super-insulated and provides the ultimate in comfort, efficiency and sound insulation.
The second most important part of a green home after the building envelope is the mechanical system. This home has both forced air and radiant floors for the ultimate in comfort and healthy air quality. The CarrierTM geothermal system provides heating and cooling, as well as a portion of the hot water. The hot water gets to point-of-use efficiently and quickly. Recirculating hot water saves energy and significantly reduces wait time. A durable and controllable plumbing system uses less water with better performance.
OTHER GREEN FEATURES
- Environmentally sensitive site placement and tree preservation
- Not-So-Big HouseTM Design Strategies
- Locally sourced, environmentally-friendly products
- Tight jobsite waste control and recycling
- Building site placement to maximize sun exposure