Author Archives: LG Squared, Inc.

WINNER: 2013 EarthCraft House Project of the Year

 …and the winner of the 2013 EarthCraft House Project of the Year is… THE PROUD GREEN HOME AT SERENBE (10556 Serenbe Lane) BUILDER: Luis Imery, The Imery Group ARCHITECT: Chris and Jodi Laumer-Giddens, LG Squared, Inc. EARTHCRAFT TECHNICAL ADVISOR: Chris Laumer-Giddens, LG Squared, Inc. LG Squared, Inc. is proud to share with you all the news that the […]

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Green Home From the Get Go – Guest Post

GUEST POST: GOING GREEN FROM THE GET-GO This article was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (AJC) on Sunday, September 1st in the Homefinder section, and was written Lori Johnston of FastCopy Communications BY LORI JOHNSTON FOR THE AJC Lori Johnston is a writer and editor who writes about anything, from the housing market to personal finance to […]

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10556 Serenbe Lane – Serenbe’s Latest Modern Home

During a recent round-table discussion about high-performance homes and sustainable living, Steve Nygren, one of the chief founders of the Serenbe Community, shared a story with us about one of the residents walking up to him, giving him a bear hug and saying, “Serenbe changed my life!” Well done, Steve! The 1,000-acre sustainable community has grown in to […]

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LG Squared, Inc. Asks for Your Vote: RESNET 2014 Building Performance Conference

Atlanta, Georgia will play host to the 2014 RESNET Building Performance Conference, and LG Squared, Inc.’s Chris Laumer-Giddens is listed on the session proposal below about the The role and viability of third party HVAC design (Session HVAC-20), and we would like you to consider voting for it. Feel free to vote for as many sessions […]

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Chris Laumer-Giddens to Host NARI Atlanta Roundtable Discussion: HVAC Design Done Right in Remodeling

NEWS From LG Squared, Inc. The Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) hosts a Round Table Discussion at various locations throughout Atlanta on the second Tuesday of every month. For August, the Atlanta Chapter has invited LG Squared, Inc.’s Chris Laumer-Giddens to discuss the HVAC Design process in remodeling projects […]

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Attention to High Performance Details In New Homes Pays Off

On the One Hand… …the Proud Green Home at Serenbe has been a kind of Experimental House for High Performance Design and Construction. Some of the features, products and practices we’re trying for the first time with this home, others we’ve used or done before, but they are still relatively new to the industry. To […]

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What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?

The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and cooling loads. Typically, they are thought to serve only small spaces like bonus rooms, garage apartments, etc. They can actually […]

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Hold the Foam! This Home is Already High Performance!

Before spray foam insulation was installed in the walls and roof-line of this Atlanta-area home, it tested better than the 2012 IECC requirements in climate zones 3-8 for building envelope tightness. The High Performance Home Several weeks ago we reported that the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, built by the Imery Group, achieved a blower door […]

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PGH at Serenbe is 90% Tighter than Energy Code – Before Drywall!!

Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe, and the home achieved 0.72 ach50, or 0.055 ELR (more on these numbers in a minute). In other words, it’s really tight!!! The 2009 International Residential Energy Code (IECC), which is adopted in most states, requires an infiltration rate of […]

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Heat Flow, Electric Furnaces, and Lessons in Energy Efficient Design

When Jodi and and I moved from Tampa to Atlanta in 2008, we decided to try high rise living. We were living in a 1916 bungalow, which we loved dearly, and looked forward to something fresh and new. Something that would not leak like a sieve, and as a result be more comfortable and use less energy. The sales […]

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