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Shooting Green!
October 24, 2008, 1:53 pm
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Yesterday, I had the opportunity of shooting a Performance Green Home that was built and designed by several locals in the business. Performance Green Home builder, Matt Risinger, and Architect, James D. LaRue, have teamed up to concoct a beaty of a home that is very smart and very sustainable.  So smart and sustainable that it’s pending a 5 out of 5 Star Energy Austin Green Building rating. And as you may already know, Austin is amongst the top cities in the country when it comes to green an d sustainable living. Below is more detailed information from the Builder, Risinger Homes. They guarantee you will benefit from Performance Green Building in three different areas:

1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Risinger Homes are designed to maximize thermal and human comfort while also achieving the lowest possible utility bills. This house has been independently evaluated to use 40% less energy than a standard
code built home. We’ve accomplished this through state of the art technology and sound design:
• Window and roof overhangs are designed to maximize the benefits of summer shading, winter solar heat gain, and ample natural daylight.
• Reduced cooling load from the highly reflective Galvalume® roof.
• All ductwork is located inside the thermal envelope, so any air leakage is into the conditioned space of the house. Most Austin homes have their ductwork in uninsulated, super-hot attics.
• 15.5 SEER (seasonal energy efficient ratio) Air Conditioning Units, far more efficient than the standard 10 SEER units on most new homes.
• 93% efficient gas furnaces with combustion air brought from outside and power vented exhaust, whereas most furnaces are only 80% efficient or less.
• Sprayed foam Demilec Sealection™ 500 open cell insulation system fills all voids, reducing air and moisture infiltration.

• Dual Takagi Tankless Water Heaters only heat water on-demand, eliminating standing loss from conventional tank units and providing homeowners with unlimited hot water.                                                 • Compact fluorescent aluminum fixtures with timers for all outdoor lighting.
• Compact Fluorescent recessed lighting and screw-in bulbs for maximum energy efficiency. These bulbs use 1/3 the energy to produce the same light as an incandescent bulb, last many years longer, and don’t produce excess heat loads which adds to A/C costs.
• LED cans and LED rope lights in the master bedroom consume only a fraction of the electricty used by standard bulbs.

2. INDOOR AIR QUALITY
The quality of indoor air is stressed by today’s increasing number of synthetic compounds used in our buildings including synthetic carpet, pesticides, plastics, adhesives, sealants, and finishes. These contaminants
can, in turn, be a contributor to health problems such as asthma and allergies. In factm the EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 risks to public health. At Risinger Homes, our motto is Build Tight and Ventilate Right. If you have sensitivities to chemicals, dust, pollen or other airborne contaminants,
you’ll benefit from this home’s specifically hypo-allergenic design and will enjoy healthier indoor air because:
• All finishes in the house are water-based and extremely low VOC rated.
• Panasonic super quiet bath fans are linked to a countdown timer to exhaust humid air from baths.
• HVAC system has a damper controlled fresh air input and rigid metal trunk lines with no fiber- glass exposed to the air stream.
• The open-air carport ensures that car fumes are kept out of the house.
• Non-toxic Termi-Mesh stainless steel termite barriers are on all plumbing pipes.
• 86% of flooring in the house is maple hardwood flooring or tile to reduce trapped allergens and dust.
• Natural wool fiber carpet is used in the upstairs bedrooms.
• Aprilaire Pleated Media Whole-House Air Cleaners provides relief from airborne irritants up to 40% more efficiently than standard filters.
• EcoTimber HealthyBond® Flooring Adhesive is vsrtually VOC-free and is GreenGuard® Indoor Air Quality Certified

3. SUSTAINABILITY
The issues of resource depletion, longevity and life cycle, and using environmentally preferred materials and products are important to a green built home. Of particular importance to residents in Central Texas is water usage. Residential homes and their thirsty landscapes take a huge toll on our available water sources. Here is what we’ve done to address those issues in this home:
• Original house on infill lot was dismantled by Habitat For Humanity and parts were recycled/re used through their Habitat ReStore. The only items thrown away were roofing, siding, and plaster.
• All new landscape is composed with native drought-tolerant plants.
• Our team of contractors follows an Austin Energy approved construction debris recycling and waste management plan.
• Toto® Dual-Max™ Aquia toilets offer a double flush option, using only .9 gallons on the small flush and saving thousands of gallons over the course of a year
• 1.5 gpm lavatory faucet aerators reduce water consumption.
• Fiber-cement James Hardie Artisan™ Luxury exterior skin offers for maximum durability and re source efficiency.
• Galvalume® metal roof has recycled steel content and a life span 3-4 times the life of a conven- tional asphalt shingled roof while providing a radiant barrier to reflect the Texas sun.

And below you will find the images I took yesterday. It’s a very lovely house. I am not sure the images even do it justice. Boy do I wish I had a million bucks to spare….!

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Lovely photos of a very nice house. I am an architect myself and found that, in Ireland, it is very hard to convince the client to go green. The building cost is, unfortunately, very high and it will take few good years to see a financial benefit.

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It is wonderful to see the pictures,thanks for sharing

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