Category Archives: Residential Architecture

Preserving a Historic Home with Building Science

PRESERVING A HISTORIC HOME with BUILDING SCIENCE Historic Preservation is mostly about preserving and protecting buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance. The Historic Molette House, ca. 1825 has a lot of significance in the Molette Family, as well with the people near the Molette’s Bend area near Selma, Alabama. When the home was moved […]

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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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♫ Building Science Blues ♫ by Eric Werling

Architects hear “Building Science Blues” at 2013 AIA Georgia Design Conference This past Friday and Saturday, the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects hosted a 3-day design conference for over 300 architects in Historic Columbus, GA. Topics ranged from the business of architecture to designing the modern american home. It was the first […]

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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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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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DIY Renovation of Architect’s Condo, Phase 1: Design

As architects, Chris and I are often asked, “If you could design your own home, what would you design?” A reasonable question when you have two architects in the same household. Also reasonable to think we would have a definitive answer. But we don’t. Although I am practiced at interpreting the needs and wants of our […]

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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 A Perfect Residential Wall – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by ASHRAE for the Metro Atlanta area to use when designing heating systems, is […]

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14 Design Don’ts for High Performance Homes, Part One

There are a lot of ways to design a home. Designing one for high performance, though, or even better-than-average performance, has many recommended best practices that are based on a lot of research of homes that have failed because they’re unhealthy, inefficient, and/or falling apart. This is why we have building scientists (see SOAP BOX […]

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I’m an HVAC Magician, I Make Mini-Splits Disappear

Making Mini-Splits Disappear A lot of homeowners and folks in the building industry in the United States don’t want to see their HVAC (a.k.a. heating and air) systems exposed, even if it means high performance, healthy living environment, and total control. There is a magical (OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch) way to have cake and […]

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