Highland.

Our current project, Highland Street, is a total reimagination of a classic late 19th century Victorian farmhouse. Retaining the well-proportioned and attractive main 1897 house, we will remove a 1960s-era wing and replace it with larger and more appropriate living spaces in the New England farmhouse vernacular. The detached vintage garage/barn will be removed and a new three-car garage with living space above will be added. The shallow rubble-wall basement will be excavated and finished to provide additional living space and improve the home’s efficiency.

The house will be modernized using best-practice building science principals to include a super-insulated exterior envelope, high-efficiency heating, air-conditioning, and hot water systems, a mechanical ventilation system, low-consumption water fixtures, and high-performance windows and doors. Careful landscape design with natural and adapted plants will reduce irrigation demand and maintenance.

This project is registered for LEED® certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. A home can achieve LEED certification under the LEED for Homes program after undergoing a technically rigorous process, including the incorporation of green strategies to achieve efficiency and healthy indoor environments. The sound design and operation of the home is tested and measured using tools like a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections.

In addition, this project has been designed to meet the strict standards of the EPA ENERGY STAR® Program, the EPA Indoor airPLUS Program, and the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program, and will be submitted for certification in each program upon completion.

Certifications.

LEED-registered home under construction
LEED-registered home under construction

LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification offers a holistic approach to sustainability and emphasizes strategies for better environmental and health performance. LEED buildings are constructed using designs and processes aimed at saving energy, water and money, and providing healthier and more comfortable indoor environments for the people who use them.

ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR

A new home or apartment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has been verified to meet strict energy efficiency requirements set by EPA. ENERGY STAR certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average, while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort. Green Phoenix is an ENERGY STAR Partner and will submit this home for ENERGY STAR certification.

EPA Indoor airPLUS
EPA Indoor airPLUS

Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps new home builders improve the quality of indoor air by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. Clean air is good for everyone’s health, but it can be especially important to those that have chronic respiratory conditions. Green Phoenix is an EPA Indoor airPlus Partner and will submit this home for Indoor airPLUS certification.

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home

A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a home that meets all of the criteria found in the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are verified by a qualified third-party and are at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built. Green Phoenix is a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner and will submit this home for ZERH certification.