Category Archives: Net Zero

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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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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Serenbe Modern Proud Green Home Update: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems

Things are really moving along on the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. This past Friday, the mechanical inspector paid a visit and we passed! Ahead this week; the builder has ordered the final plumbing inspection, the sprayfoam contractor is installing the open-cell foam in all the walls and roof, we will be performing the pre-drywall inspection for […]

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Designing High Performance Homes is Sketchy Business

Architects love to sketch! No matter how advanced, or how user friendly software programs get, we will probably always have a roll of tracing paper, a sketchbook, a napkin or even an iPhone app close by to lay down our ideas on. We can’t help it! A Higher Performance Sketching the designs for this home (right), the […]

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Improved Energy Codes, Diminishing Return, & a New Performance Baseline

It wasn’t long ago that the EPA’s ENERGY STAR New Homes Program created an uproar in the residential building community by releasing Version 3.0 of it’s volunteer 3rd party verification program. One of the biggest crack downs in the new version was it’s requirement for HVAC Contractors to test and verify their installations of the heating […]

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Designing for High Performance: Slab-On-Grade, Part I – Controlling Moisture Flow

We’re just a few weeks away from a computer generated, self-guided interactive virtual tour of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, a design-build collaboration with The Imery Group. We’re using REVIT software to generate the 3D model, then  VIMTREK will animate the tour. What you will see in the tour is the home’s modern design, its 3 bedrooms […]

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Performance First, Designing For Net Zero

When people learn that I design high performance homes I often get the question, “does that mean solar panels and stuff like that?” “Well,” I say, “maybe….eventually.” Prioritizing Performance What I also tell them is that I’m more concerned with getting the house to perform, on it’s own, very efficiently, be very comfortable, and last a […]

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LG2 NEWS: LG Squared, Inc. Chosen to Design First Proud Green Home.

EXCITING NEWS AT LG SQUARED, INC. Several months ago we were invited to be a part of an exciting new project in the Serenbe Community near Atlanta, Georgia. Below is the announcement from Proud Green Home, the organization putting the ‘dream team’ together for what is bound to be an exciting project! We are honored to be […]

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Don’t Judge a Design by its Facade

Between the two of us, Jodi and I have presented our architectural designs to more design review boards than we can count. College attempts to prepare us for this kind of thing by putting you through several of them (then, they’re called “juries”) every semester. At the final jury we take the most criticism. The […]

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